ANDOVER, Mass. -- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) community education and outreach advisors urge Massachusetts residents to give their homes an early summer disaster readiness checkup to identify potential structural vulnerabilities and undertake simple, practical measures to lessen the future risk of costly repairs.
FEMA risk-reduction specialists will be at local home improvement stores from June 24 through June 29 to provide in-person information to address many common concerns, including:
- In-depth guides and planning information for individual and household preparedness;
- Basic "how-to" measures to lessen risks to a home's electrical system, water heater or household appliances; and
- One-to-one explanations of all FEMA readiness and recovery programs, including the National Flood Insurance Program.
FEMA specialists will be at the following home improvement centers from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, Thursday to Tuesday, June 24 - 29, 2010:
In Bristol County at:
55 Faunce Corner Road
N. Dartmouth, MA 02747
1360 S. Washington Street
N. Attleboro, MA 02760
899 County Street
Taunton, MA 02780
In Essex County at:
153 Andover Street
Danvers, MA 01923
To date, more than 70,000 residents have been counseled at home improvement locations in designated disaster areas. Additionally, FEMA mitigation specialists will also be able to provide a number of informative publications in multiple languages on protecting homes from flood damage.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders and to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.