RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is helping homeowners and small businesses learn more about reducing losses from natural disasters. The agency has just announced the creation of a new, self-study course that provides both corrective and preventative measures that will reduce loss of life and property. The independent study course, "IS 394-Mitigation for Homeowners" is free of charge and is also available online at: http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/.
"The Internet site allows those affected by the disaster to learn more about mitigation at their own pace", says Todd Davison, deputy federal coordinating officer in charge of mitigation in the Raleigh Disaster Field Office. "Even those who didn't experience direct losses can benefit from the course." explained Davison.
"Mitigation for Homeowners" will help residents:
- Identify which natural hazards affect their community.
- Determine which natural hazard is most likely to affect them.
- Locate specific risks unique to their particular home or business.
- Formulate a targeted plan of action to reduce risks to their property, family and home.
Individual and group enrollment can be requested by contacting the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD at (301) 447-1076. Enrollment is easy and can even be accomplished on FEMA's website at http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/.