Mitigation Outreach And Education At Lowe's Continues

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Release date: 
October 17, 2008
Release Number: 
1785-067

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Floridians have learned and embraced the idea that rebuilding smarter and stronger is key in the line of defense against disasters such as Tropical Storm Fay.

Having gone through hundreds of severe weather occurrences in past years, many Florida residents are eager to take advantage of prevention, preparation and mitigation tips and methods that can help them strengthen their homes and minimize future damage.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Florida?s State Emergency Response Team (SERT) will be at Lowe's stores in specific locations throughout the Fay-affected areas to educate the public on prevention, preparedness and rebuilding after a disaster.

Persons interested in learning how they can strengthen the homes they are building, rebuilding or remodeling have a chance to learn details from experts in the field.

Mitigation is key to decreasing the time it takes to rebuild and recover from a disaster. Mitigation also allows individuals and communities to minimize the threat and help prevent more serious future damage. It also helps those affected to rebuild more quickly. These FEMA/SERT advisors are specialists and will explain the benefits of home strengthening through proper anchorage and strapping. They can explain how to build a safe room in your home and explain what qualifies as a safe room.

Specialists will also share flyers on the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) program. The       SBA can lend additional funds from its mitigation program to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage in the future. 

Below is the mitigation Community Education and Outreach schedule at Lowe's Home Improvement stores. A mitigation specialist will be on site to help the public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

DATE LOCATION COUNTY

 

Through Oct. 19

Melbourne Lowe's
2150 Minton Road
Melbourne, FL 32904

 

Seminole County

 

Through Oct. 19

Orange City Lowe's
901 Saxon Blvd.
Orange, FL 32763      Orange City, FL 32763

 

Volusia County

 

Through Oct. 19

Sanford Lowe's
3780 Orlando Drive
Sanford, FL 32773

 

Seminole County

 

Oct. 20 to Nov. 2

Deland Lowe's
303 International Speedway Blvd.
Deland, FL 32742

 

Volusia County

 

Oct. 20 to Nov. 2

Fern Park Lowe's
6735 S. 17-92
Fern Park, FL 32730

 

Seminole County

 

Oct. 20 to Nov. 2

Palm Bay Lowe's
1166 Malabar Road
Palm Bay, FL 32909

 

Brevard County

FEMA, SERT and all other first responders and emergency management personnel want Floridians to know that preparedness before the storm is extremely vital to saving lives and personal property. FEMA's mitigation division has a Community Education and Outreach branch that educates the public on how to "Get a Plan" or rebuild after disasters. 

  • Getting informed about hazards and emergencies that may affect you and your family;
  • Developing an emergency plan;
  • Collecting and assembling disaster ...
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