Lacey, Wash. -- Disaster recovery officials are urging Washingtonians affected by the floods of December to rebuild their homes safer and stronger to lessen the impact of future natural disasters.
Rebuilding after a disaster presents an opportunity to reconstruct in a much safer, stronger and smarter way. Implementing mitigation measures now can reap savings in time and money, say officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Washington Emergency Management Division (EMD).
Specialists from FEMA will offer free professional advice to help home and business owners toughen up their properties against flooding. They will be available to share written materials and advice at:
Grays Harbor County Trade Show
Saturday, Jan. 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
South Shore Mall, 1017 S. Boone St., Aberdeen 98520
Montesano Farm & Home Store
Feb. 4-9, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
412 Main St. S, Montesano 98563
Feb. 4-9, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
139 Stage St., Tenino 98589
"Mitigation is the $10 word that describes hundreds of dollars of savings down the road," said Kurt Hardin, state coordinating officer. "Studies have shown that you get back four times the benefit from every dollar you spend when you mitigate your property against future damages from nature's upheavals."
Some tips to protect property from future flooding include:
- Raise electrical system components
- Elevate appliances
- Raise HVAC
- Anchor fuel tanks
- Install sewer backflow valves
"Mitigation specialists are a good resource for residents to learn ways to protect themselves and their homes from future damages," said Federal Coordinating Officer Willie Nunn. "I encourage residents in the Centralia area to drop by and pick up informative materials and speak with mitigation experts about their homes and businesses."
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.