FEMA Outreach Program Hits Home With Wisconsin Residents

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Release date: 
July 10, 2008
Release Number: 
1768-072

MADISON, Wis. -- More than 2,300 Wisconsin residents have sought advice from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) experts this week on repairing and rebuilding flood-damaged homes.

Mitigation specialists from FEMA's Community Education Outreach (CEO) program are located at hardware and home improvement stores in Southern Wisconsin to answer residents' questions and to provide information on FEMA programs. Increasing numbers of people in flooded areas of Wisconsin are seeking out CEO team members for help in recovering from flood and storm damage.

"If it wasn't for you guys, I wouldn't have known that I could get flood insurance as a renter," one person said after meeting with a FEMA team member. Other residents are getting advice on dealing with mold in flooded homes, elevating furnaces and appliances in basements to reduce future flood damage and applying for federal and state disaster grants and federal low-interest disaster loans.

"We hear from residents who thought they could not get assistance if they did not have at least four feet of water in their basements," said Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator Johnnie Smith. "FEMA team members help dispel these sorts of myths and ensure that residents have accurate information. Any amount of water in a home is reason to apply for disaster assistance."

In addition to staffing locations at home improvement and hardware stores, FEMA mitigation teams also are at county fairs and have set up self-service displays at 50 public locations in storm-damaged Wisconsin communities.

"State and federal disaster recovery efforts will work only if people know what help is available and how to get it," Federal Coordinating Officer, Dolph Diemont said. "Our education outreach teams go where help is most needed and where they can meet as many people as possible." The federal coordinating officer is appointed by the president to lead the federal portion of federal/state disaster recovery efforts.

The following table shows where CEO mitigation teams can be found and the dates and times they will be available:

July 8-14
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun.
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon.

Menards
121 Frances Lane
Beaver Dam, WI  53916

July 8-14
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun.
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon.

Menards
2001 Morse Street
Janesville, WI  53545

July 8-14
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun.
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon.

Menards
223 Lang Drive
La Crosse, WI  54603

July 8-14
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun.
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon.

Lowe's
5800 West Hope Avenue
Milwaukee, WI  53216

July 8-14
7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sun.
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mon.

Doerre Hardware Hank
116 W. Jefferson Street
Spring Green, WI  53588

July 8-14
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tue.-Sat.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun.
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon.

Home Depot
4100 N. 124th Street
Wauwatosa, WI  53222

July 9-13
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun.

Jefferson County Fair
503 N. Jackson Ave.
Jefferson, WI  53549

July 10-13
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thur.-Sat.
12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sun.

Marquette County Fair
757 S. Main St.
Westfield, WI  53964

July 9-13
12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wed. -Sun.

Sauk County Fair
700 Washington Ave.
Baraboo, WI  53913

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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