LOGAN COUNTY, Ohio — More than one week after powerful storms spawned a string of tornadoes in Ohio on March 14, teams visited Tuesday to survey the damage.

What You Need To Know

  • FEMA teams are assessing damage in 11 Ohio counties at Gov. Mike DeWine's request

  • Results of the assessment will be provided to the state to determine whether to request a disaster declaration

  • Residents with storm damage are advised to take lots of photos, keep receipts and maintain detailed records of the storm's impact

Six teams of Federal Emergency Management Officials are touring the 11 counties where Gov. Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency.

That includes Logan County, which as of early Tuesday had more than 1,300 reports of damaged buildings, a number the county emergency management agency expects to increase as more residents report their damage.

The FEMA teams are visiting each individual address with state and county officials to rate the condition of each property according to set criteria.

“We’re looking at the foundation, we’re looking at pieces of siding that are missing,” said Dan Shulman, FEMA Region Five, while pointing to a home in Lakeview. “We’re looking at damage to trees that could be indicators of the strength of this storm at this residence.”

He said FEMA will then compile the data collected to the state of Ohio for the state to decide whether to request any sort of disaster declaration from the federal government.

Logan County EMA Director Helen Norris compared the scope of destruction from the natural disaster to being the county’s version of Hurricane Katrina, when scaled.

“It's just hard,” Norris said. “While we are a resort community, sort of, there's a lot of tourism and stuff here in the summer. The part that took the worst hit of all of this was our permanent year-round residents. Homes and businesses that have been staples of our community for 100 years are torn up.”

Rep. Jim Jordan, who represents Logan County, joined assessors for a briefing before they started surveying damage.

“It’s always amazing just how, you know, the devastating impact, the impact that weather can have,” he said. “You see trees, some of them are uprooted, others kind of sheared off at the top. And then you see the damage it does to homes, particularly some of the mobile homes. It’s always tough.”

Logan County residents can self-report damage online.