RALEIGH, N.C. -- Specially equipped mobile information centers begin touring North Carolina's disaster-struck counties this week to give business and home owners an opportunity to learn rebuilding methods and techniques that can make their properties more disaster-resistant.
Beginning October 7, two mobile centers will be visiting sites in a nine county area to demonstrate mitigation measures, such as structural strengthening, elevating structures and equipment in flood zones, and acquisition. Specialists will provide information on a range of mitigation options for all types of damage.
"This is an opportunity for citizens who have experienced loss and damage to their properties to talk to someone about what to do next. Come to the center. Just walk in," said Gavin Smith, Assistant Director for Mitigation, North Carolina Emergency Management Division. "No appointments are made. We want you to be able to get some answers in just a few minutes."
The vehicles will display drawings of basic mitigation solutions, such as elevating heating plants, electrical panels, water heaters, and installing backflow valves on sewer/septic systems. Brochures, booklets and fact sheets will be available on many topics, including the following: wet flood proofing the floors and walls of your property, what to do about mildew, minimizing damage to your manufactured home. Photographs from Hurricane Floyd that illustrate successful local mitigation efforts will be on display. The vehicles will operate from 9 AM to 7 PM, seven days a week.
These mobile information centers will spend sixty days touring eastern North Carolina, concentrating on the rural areas. Similar mobile centers have successfully helped people affected by disasters in many states, including Hurricane Georges in Alabama in 1998 where over 750 people talked with mitigation advisors during a 17-day tour.
Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse, a Project Impact partner, will host the vehicles at four of its stores in flooded counties during the next week and at many of its locations in impacted communities throughout the balance of the tour. [ Note: see schedule.] Project Impact is a nation-wide initiative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with local business and community leaders, to make communities disaster-resistant.
"We are urging those who rebuild to take the opportunity to make their properties disaster resistant and learn about state programs that move families out of harm's way," said Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer for Mitigation, Todd Davison.
The Mobile Mitigation Assistance Vehicles will be open beginning Thursday, October 7 from 9 AM to 7 PM at the following locations:
October 7 - 8, 1999 (Thurs. & Fri.)
Tarboro Central Fire Station
Church and Albermarle Streets
Robeson County Fairgrounds
Special Hours for Vehicle at Fairground:
Beginning 4 PM on Thurs.
3 PM on Fri.
October 11-12, 1999 (Mon. & Tues.)
Lowe's of Greenville
800 Thomas Langston Road
Lowe's of Goldsboro
1202 Burkley Blvd.
October 9-10, 1999 (Sat. & Sun.)
Lowe's of Rocky Mount
700 North Wesleyan Blvd.
Rocky Mount, NC
4101 West Vernon Street
October 13-14, 1999 (Wed. & Thurs.)
Lowe's of Wilson
Forest Hills Road