Thousands Of Western New Yorkers Get Mitigation Advice

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Release date: 
September 28, 2009
Release Number: 
1857-019

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -- Nearly 4,000 western New Yorkers in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Erie counties are taking advantage of the availability of mitigation experts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) stationed in local home repair stores.

Mitigation teams are setting up information booths inside Lowe's, Home Depot, and Valu Home Centers in the three counties. The teams are reaching out to homeowners, renters and business owners offering mitigation advice, referring visitors with additional questions to nearby disaster recovery centers and urging those with damage or losses from the August 8-10 storms and flooding to register with FEMA.

"This grassroots approach to sharing information is working extremely well," said Federal Coordinating Officer Jaime E. Forero. "It's great to see the large number of people we are able to reach in a short period of time."

"We want everyone to be better prepared for any future disasters," said John R. Gibb, State Coordinating Officer and Director of the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO). "We encourage our citizens visiting these locations to take advantage of the information available to them."

The locations for Sep. 29-Oct. 5, 2009 include:

Lowe's
4950 Southwestern Blvd.
Hamburg, NY 14075
Mon-Sat; 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Sun; 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Lowe's
440 South Cascade Drive
Springville, NY 14141
Mon-Sat; 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Sun; 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Home Depot
3901 Vineyard Drive
Dunkirk, NY 14048
Mon-Sat; 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Sun; 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capabilities to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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