PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- The Somerville area, recently soaked by heavy weekend rains causing localized flooding in parts of the city, will be visited by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) community education and outreach specialists at the Home Depot, 75 Mystic Avenue in Somerville, beginning Thursday July 15 until further notice.
Risk-reduction specialists will be available daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to provide store visitors with easily accessible all-hazards planning tools and tips. The specialists anticipate many residents will be seeking advice about affordable prevention measures to reduce vulnerability to flooding, including the merits of installing backflow valves.
At the information kiosk within the store, the FEMA team will provide risk-reduction guidance and information 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, nearly 100,000 Bay State residents have been counseled at various home improvement locations and special events 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.