LAREDO, Texas -- Flood insurance, home elevation and other measures to protect homes from flooding and hurricanes are among top concerns South Texans are seeking information about when they talk to hazard mitigation specialists with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The specialists are visiting home improvement stores in the eight counties affected by Hurricane Alex and the flooding that followed. So far, specialists have provided information or publications to more than 780 people who stopped to find out more about protecting their property during future
Being located in the stores makes it easier for shoppers and others to get information on how to better protect their homes from disasters. Other concerns to homeowners include dealing with contractors, cleaning up mold and working with insurance adjustors.
Homeowners also want to know what they can do at minimum costs to protect their homes from hurricanes and flooding, and prepare their homes in other ways for disasters. The FEMA specialists provide information that includes advice about elevating utilities, installing sewer backflow valves, putting in storm windows and shutters, trimming trees to reduce storm damage, and the safe use of emergency generators.
Several home improvement stores are participating in the mitigation outreach program. Through the end of September, mitigation specialists will be in stores in several South Texas counties.
For more information on the Hurricane Alex disaster recovery, browse the features on this FEMA website at www.fema.gov/hazard/hurricane/2010/alex/index.shtm. Users of smart phones and other mobile devices can visit m.fema.gov. Texans should also visit www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem for more information on this disaster and preparation for future disasters.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders 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.