LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Rebuilding or repairing a home after the severe storms and tornadoes of April 9 can be an overwhelming task. But with the right information, homeowners can build back in a way that may reduce or mitigate future damage.
Mitigation specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be demonstrating building techniques and offering free professional advice at the following locations:
"We know Arkansans who are repairing or rebuilding have many choices on how they put their homes back together," said Richard Griffin who heads up the Arkansas recovery effort. "The rebuilding process is an ideal time for them to incorporate some disaster-resistant measures."
|Polk||Handy Hardware||2584 Hwy 71 N. Mena, AR||May 14-27||7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.|
|Atwoods||1100 Hwy 71 N. Mena, AR||May 14-27||5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.|
|Sevier||Bailey's Discount Building Supply||880 Collin Raye Dr. DeQueen, AR||May 18-23||7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.|
|Miller||Doddridge City Park||S.H. 160 Doddridge, AR||May 17 and May 24||8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.|
|Ashley||True Value Hardware||1005 N. Mail St. Hamburg, AR||May 15||7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.|
|True Value Hardware||801 Hwy. 82 Crossett, AR||May 16||7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.|
Mitigation information is helpful to everyone, not just those affected by a disaster. Information that will be available at these locations will include not only building techniques that can help prevent future disaster damages, but also techniques that can fortify mobile homes.
"FEMA specialists will demonstrate and display some of the engineering techniques that home and business owners can incorporate while rebuilding," said Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Moore. "Many of these are small inexpensive changes that can make a big difference the next time disaster strikes."
Information on the National Flood Insurance Program will also be available.
As an added note, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) can increase low-interest loans to homeowners and businesses by as much as 20 percent of the total disaster damage to cover mitigation techniques that will protect the property against future damage.
Those affected by the April 9 disaster can register for disaster assistance by calling: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for those who have a hearing or speech impairment. Online registration is also available at www.fema.gov www.disasterassistance.gov. Lines are open daily, from 8 a.m. to midnight until further notice.
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.