Deadline Nears For In-Person FEMA Mitigation Assistance

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June 18, 2010
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WARWICK, R.I. --The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to respond to questions from flood survivors on how to repair and rebuild to make their homes more disaster resistant. Mitigation Specialists continue to be available at home improvement stores in Warwick, Westerly, Cranston and Middletown until June 21, 2010.

With cooperation from local retailers, FEMA Mitigation Specialists are providing individuals with information on  how to clean-up, repair, and rebuild in a manner that may prevent or minimize damage from future natural disasters.

"We encourage individuals in the process of cleaning up, repairing or rebuilding to reach out to one of our mitigation experts," said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer, Craig A. Gilbert. "Information from FEMA specialists and the booklets found at our Self-Serve Displays may have the solution you need to stay safe and withstand damage from another disaster."

The widespread concern from individuals seeking information has been with mold/mildew. Other concerns include questions on how to elevate utilities, rebuild using mitigation techniques, and address well contamination.

A Rhode Island woman affected by the flood spoke by telephone with a FEMA specialist at her local home improvement store regarding mold/mildew. The homeowner asked what the cleanup process would be. FEMA provided her with information on how to clean up the mold/mildew in her basement. She was happy that FEMA was still in the area and said she would come to the store, talk face-to-face with FEMA's expert, and pick up FEMA's reading materials on the subject.

FEMA's  "Mold & Mildew—Cleaning Up Your Flood-Damaged Home" booklet , is one of the many publications still available at both staffed and non-staffed Self-Serve Displays. The publication is also available at:, along with other helpful publications that can be downloaded.

As of June 16, FEMA Mitigation Specialists have greeted a total of 47,878 individuals, have provided one-on-one counseling to 9,680 individuals, and have handed out 144,228 publications.

FEMA staff will remain on location until June 21, 2010 at the following stores:

Home Depot
80 Universal Road
Warwick, RI
June 17-20, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
June 21, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

247 Garfield Ave.
Cranston, RI
June 17-20, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
June 21, 8 a.m. to Noon   

Home Depot
878 West Main Road
Middletown, RI
June 17-20, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
June 21, 8 a.m. to Noon

Home Depot
120 Franklin St.
Westerly, RI
June 17-20, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
June 21, 8 a.m. to Noon

FEMA's Self-Serve Displays will continue to remain open until further notice at 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

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