MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Teams of specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will offer techniques to lessen the impact of disaster-related property damages at locations in Autauga and Montgomery counties through July 16.
Locations and hours are as follows:
Autauga County: Lowe's, 2304 Cobb Ford Road, Prattville, AL 36107; hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through July 15; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 16.
Montgomery County: Capitol Heights Community Center, 206 Federal Drive, Montgomery, AL 36107; hours: Mon. through Fri. - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The FEMA mitigation specialists will offer techniques that can help protect against both water and wind damage. How-to information for retrofitting buildings and elevating utilities will be available as well as hand-outs that include brochures for the National Flood Insurance Program.
Many of the tips and techniques are specifically geared for the do-it-yourselfer and building contractors.
Available information includes steps residents can take to lessen flooding and wind damage such as:
- Relocating the main electric switchbox, outlets, and switches above potential flood waters
- Moving the washer and dryer to a higher floor
- Elevating the furnace and water heater
- Having a licensed plumber install a backflow valve to prevent sewer backup
- Purchasing flood insurance
- Bracing gable end roofs, and installing new 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 other man-made disasters.