FEMA Continues To Provide Survivors With Informational Tools

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June 11, 2010
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WARWICK, R.I. -- After the initial impact of the flood was over, the water was pumped out of the basement, and it was time to rebuild, flood survivors had questions on everything from how to remove mildew/mold and how to flood-proof a foundation. That is why they have turned to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mitigation experts for answers on materials and methods that will prevent or minimize damage from a similar disaster.

FEMA Mitigation and Community Relations Specialists have been on site at several outreach locations throughout Rhode Island assisting individuals who are in the process of rebuilding. Because the hurricane season has arrived, FEMA Mitigation Specialists are also providing counseling on how to rebuild to prevent or minimize damage from a hurricane.

One Rhode Island homeowner, with a mold/mildew problem in her basement due to the flooding, sought information on how to eliminate the mold. A FEMA Mitigation Specialist provided the homeowner with material on mold removal, advised her to hire a contractor to remove the old dirt from her basement and then backfill it with new dirt, and suggested that she put in place a vapor barrier to protect the basement from future hydrostatic (water pressure) damage.

A homeowner sought assistance from FEMA’s mitigation expert staffed at Home Depot in Westerly, RI.  Having experienced flooding in her home in the past, the homeowner made repairs with flood-resistant materials and elevated the electrical wall outlets. FEMA informed the homeowner to use block-style insulation instead of the type made of wool, suggested the use of greenboard, and recommended elevating the electrical outlets above the sill plate.

As of June 10, 2010, FEMA specialists have greeted a total of 43,643 individuals and more than 9,200 individuals received in-depth counseling on mitigation.

FEMA specialists will continue to be available to advise Rhode Island residents seeking mitigation information in stores in Cranston, Middletown, Westerly, and Warwick until Noon on Monday, June 21, 2010. Information will continue to be available through FEMA’s 31 self-serve outreach displays located in stores, churches, eateries and senior centers.

 “This is a mechanism for people to pick up information on assistance or FEMA techniques that can be used in fixing their home,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer, Craig A. Gilbert. “What you do today in mitigation may save your life or property tomorrow.”

FEMA staff will remain on location Monday-Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until June 21, 2010 at the following stores:

247 Garfield Ave.
Cranston, RI 02920

Home Depot
878 West Main Road
Middletown, RI 02842

Home Depot
120 Franklin St.
Westerly, RI 02891

Home Depot
80 Universal Road
Warwick, RI 02886

FEMA's Self-Serve Displays will continue to remain open until further notice in the following locations:

Rippy's Market
4158 S. County Tr.
Charlestown, RI

Langworthy Public Library
24 Sprint St.
Hope Valley, RI

Ocean Community YMCA
1190 Main St.
Wyoming, RI

Pete's Grocery
244B Ashaway Road
Bradford, RI

Ashaway Public Library
Knight St.
Hopkinton, RI

Super Stop & Shop
3 Stilson Road
Richmond, RI

Sam's Club
25 Pace Blvd.
Warwick, RI

510 Quaker Lane
Warwick, RI

Home Depot
1255 Ten Rod Road
North Kingstown, Road

Crandall House/Hopkinton Senior Center
Main Street
Hopkinton, RI

Westerly Senior Center
39 State St.
Westerly, RI

McQuade's Ace Hardware
105 Franklin St.
Bristol, RI

Cross Mills Library
4417 Old Pos...

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