OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Tulsa fair attendees will be able to receive disaster-resistant building tips while visiting the Tulsa Fair Sept. 27-Oct. 7. Specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide information on disaster-resistant building practices at the FEMA booth #176 located on the lower level of the Exposition Center at 4145 East 21st St. in Tulsa.
Rebuilding or repairing a home after flooding or any disaster can be a big task. But with the right information, homeowners and business owners can build back in a way that reduces the likelihood of future damages, according to officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Mitigation specialists will be available at the Tulsa Fair as follows:
Dates: September 27-October 7
Thursday, Sept. 27, 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. -11 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, Oct. 1 -4, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Location: Exposition Center, Lower Level, Booth #176 at 4145 East 21st, Tulsa. The Exposition Center is located between Yale and Harvard streets.
Information provided by FEMA's mitigation specialists will include:
Effective techniques for cleaning up mold
Relocating electrical systems above potential floodwater
Elevating heating, cooling and water systems
Installing backflow valves to prevent sewer backup
The availability and benefits of flood insurance
Federal Coordinating Officer Phil Parr said, "FEMA mitigation specialists are a good resource for residents to learn ways to protect themselves and their homes from future damages. I encourage residents in the area to stop by the FEMA booth at the Tulsa Fair and pick up this valuable information."
A study by The National Institute of Building Science found that every dollar spent on mitigation can save as many as four dollars in the response to and recovery from a future disaster. Mitigation measures may also increase the value of a home.
Disaster victims are urged to register for assistance by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or by going on-line at www.fema.gov. The TTY number is 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- or hearing-impaired. Residents and business owners can receive information about SBA disaster loans and help with the application process by calling SBA at 1-800-659-2955 or visit the SBA Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance.
SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations for losses not fully covered by insurance. The SBA may loan up to $200,000 to repair or replace homes and up to $40,000 to repair or replace personal property. Up to $1.5 million is available for uncompensated business disaster losses. For more information on disaster recovery, visit www.fema.gov or www.floodsmart.gov.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.