Disaster Recovery Efforts in Athens and Perry Counties

In February of 2019, Athens and Perry Counties along with several other Ohio counties sustained heavy damage from severe storms, flooding and landslides. Roadways were blocked with fallen trees and debris was left clogging streams and rivers, creating the potential for additional flooding.

Thanks to a grant from the Department of Labor, Hocking Athens Perry Community Action  has staffed a crew for Athens County and a crew for Perry County, each with laborers, crew leaders and a field supervisor.  This program is in partnership with Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act Area 14 and Perry and Athens County Job and Family Services.

Crew positions are meant to be temporary and provide an opportunity for a person to gain new skills.  Each crew member undergoes extensive training including, OSHA training, CPR, First Aid, chainsaw training, as well as Environmental Best Practices Training.

Disaster Recovery Efforts in Hocking County

Hocking County also experienced significant damage during flooding in February of 2019. This project is in partnership with South Central Ohio Job & Family Services and the Area 20 Workforce Investment Board.

If you are interested in working for Hocking County's Disaster Recovery Program, please visit the Resource Room at Hocking County OhioMeansJobs Center at 389 W. Front St. to fill out the WIOA Eligibility application. Call the Resource Room at 740-380-4043 with questions about the eligibility process. Questions about the program can also be directed to Kathleen Vandervaart, HAPCAP Employment Services Coordinator, by calling 740–385-6813 or emailing

Flood Program Facts

A stream in New Lexington went from 6 feet to 3 feet thanks to the work from the crew.

Almost 60 tons of brush have been removed since the start of the program.

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