WACO, Texas -- Rebuilding or repairing a home after flooding can be a daunting task. But with the right information, homeowners can build back in a way that reduces the likelihood of future damage. Experts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are coming to Taylor County to provide information about disaster-resistant building practices. Information provided by FEMA's mitigation experts 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
Mitigation experts will be available in Abilene October 30 to November 4 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at:
Lowe's Home Improvement
4134 Ridgemont Dr.
Abilene, TX 79606
"FEMA Mitigation experts are a good resource for residents to learn ways to protect themselves and their homes from future damages," said Federal Coordinating Officer Kenneth Clark. "I encourage residents in the Abilene area to drop by and pick up informative materials and speak with mitigation experts about their homes and businesses."
According to a Multi-hazard Mitigation Council (MMC) report, "…a dollar spent on mitigation saves society an average of $4.00." It's also possible that mitigation measures may increase the value of a home.
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.