FEMA Mitigation Outreach And Education At Lowe's

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Release date: 
November 11, 2008
Release Number: 
1785-087

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Floridians have learned that after natural disasters, rebuilding smarter and stronger is critical in defending against disasters such as Tropical Storm Fay.

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

To help, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will have representatives at Lowe's stores in specific locations throughout the Tropical Storm Fay-affected areas to educate everyone in prevention, preparedness and rebuilding after a disaster.

Mitigation is essential in 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 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 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 to help 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

 

Now through Nov. 23

Lowe's
8054 Philips Highway
Jacksonville, FL 32256

 

Duval County

 

Now through Nov.16

Lowe's
4100 Northwest Federal Highway
Jensen Beach, FL 34957

 

Martin County

 

Now through Nov. 23

 

Lowe's
474283 East SR 200
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

 

Nassau County

 

Now through Nov. 23

 

Lowe's
1751 Dunlawton Ave.
Port Orange, FL 32127

 

Volusia County

FEMA, the state 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 a disaster supplies kit;
  • Learning where to seek shelter from all types of hazards;
  • Identifying the community warning systems and evacuation routes;
  • Practicing and maintaining your plan;
  • Cleaning up flood-damaged homes affected by mold and mildew;
  • Preparing for disasters for people with disabilities and other special needs; 
  • Helping children cope with disasters; and
  • Saving lives when tornadoes strike.

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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