Portsmouth, N.H. -- In an ongoing effort to bring all-hazards preparedness advice and guidance to Massachusetts residents in disaster designated counties, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) community education and outreach specialists will staff information kiosks at four home improvement centers beginning Thursday, July 8 through Tuesday July 13.
Risk-reduction specialists will be available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in:
72 Pleasant Valley Street
Methuen, MA 01844
85 Main Street
Tewksbury, MA 01876
Saugus, MA 01906
350 Cochituate Road
Framingham, MA 01701
At each site, FEMA specialists will be able to provide store visitors with easily accessible planning tools and tips 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;
- One-to-one explanations of all FEMA readiness and recovery programs, including the National Flood Insurance Program; and
- A wide range of informative publications in multiple languages on protecting homes from flood damage.
To date, more than 82,500 residents have been counseled at various home improvement locations during the three-month outreach effort. Severe spring floods resulted in a presidential disaster declaration to help affected residents in Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester counties.
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.