NEW CASTLE, Del. -- Home Depot stores have joined with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to encourage area homeowners, particularly those affected by Hurricane Floyd, to build smarter and safer.
Five Home Depot stores, three in Delaware and two in Pennsylvania, will distribute advice on elevating and floodproofing utilities.
Home Depot is partnering with FEMA in disseminating strategies for "Project Impact: Building Disaster Resident Communities," a locally based initiative that builds partnerships among individuals, businesses and community officials to take steps that will lessen the impact of future disasters before they strike. Since 1997 when FEMA launched the initiative, more than 120 communities and more than 1,000 businesses have adopted disaster resistant principles.
"It is encouraging to note examples of ways in which members of the business community join in the recovery effort," said Steven Adukaitis, federal coordinating officer for FEMA. "We commend the Home Depot stores for their willingness to serve those who were affected."
Flood victims purchasing building materials through Nov. 18, 1999 on their Home Depot charge accounts will have interest-free/no payments for six months, according to company officials. The minimum dollar amount is $250. Participating Home Depot stores for the promotion include Christiana Home Depot, Newark; Home Depot, Glasgow; and Home Depot, Claymont, all in Delaware; and two Home Depot stores in Upper Darby and South Philadelphia in Pennsylvania.