MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mitigation groups offer disaster resistant construction and rebuilding information at new locations in Andalusia and Dothan.
Teams are available until June 14, at the following locations:
- Covington County: Marvin's, 560 West Bypass, Andalusia, AL, 36420
- Houston County:
- Lowe's, 4801 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL, 36301
- Home Depot, 3489 Ross Clark Circle, Dothan, AL, 36301
The hours are 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesday; and closed Wednesday.
Specialists from FEMA will explain techniques that can lessen damage to homes, businesses and property from future flooding and wind damage. How-to information for retrofitting buildings and elevating utilities will be available as well as hand-outs including brochures about the National Flood Insurance Program.
Available information also includes steps residents can do to avoid flooding and wind damage in the future such as:
- Relocating main electric switchbox above potential flood waters
- Relocating electric outlets and switches above potential flood waters
- Moving washer and dryer to a higher floor
- Elevating furnace and water heater
- Having a licensed plumber install a backflow valve to prevent sewer backup
- Purchasing flood insurance
- Bracing gable end roofs
- Applying new roof shingles
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 man-made disasters.