Portman Tours Tornado Damage in Dayton & Southwest Ohio

May 28, 2019 | Portman Difference

Senator Portman toured some of the damage inflicted by the tornadoes and storms that struck southwest Ohio last night.  He wanted to see the damage firsthand, thank our first responders who worked through the night, and show support for all of those impacted by the tornadoes and storms last night.  Portman met with Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck and other first responders in Dayton, where they were conducting operations and assessing some of the damage. He also visited an American Red Cross shelter in Vandalia, one of its locations set up to make sure those who are impacted have access to food, water, and shelter.  At both locations, Portman and his wife Jane brought donuts, bagels, and bottled water for the families and first responders.

Portman also spoke with Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted today, along with their top emergency management officials, about the damage, and told them he is working to ensure the federal government provides the resources the state needs for recovery efforts. He spoke with officials at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base – where about 150 homes in the base housing area, along with the chapel and the Prairies Child Development Center and Youth Center, were damaged – to pledge his support for recovery efforts.  Lastly, he spoke with President Trump about the damage.  Portman told President Trump that he appreciated his help in expediting federal assistance for recovery efforts in the past, and that he appreciated the president’s commitment today to help Ohio respond to this devastation.

Following are photos from Portman’s tour today: