ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. -- People who need information about how to rebuild safer and stronger after a flood can find free brochures and in-person advice at home improvement stores this week.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mitigation specialists are in North Carolina assisting residents who suffered damages as a result of the severe storms and flooding from Tropical Storm Nicole.
FEMA specialists will staff informational tables at Ace Home Center in Hertford County and Lowe’s home improvement locations in Beaufort and Pender counties from Wednesday, Nov. 3, through Monday, Nov. 8.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. every day at both Lowe’s locations.
The schedule for the Ace Home Center is
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and Monday, Nov. 8
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Information is available on how to repair or improve your homes to reduce or prevent future disaster damages. Those techniques include reducing mold and mildew, protecting electrical systems, furnaces, and other appliances; reinforcing structures against high winds and flooding and securing important personal property. Information on flood insurance is also available.
Free reference booklets are available both in English and Spanish. No registration is required and there is no limit on the number of times someone can visit with a specialist or on the number of publications they can have.
Mitigation specialists are also located in Disaster Recovery Centers. For locations visit https://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator/drcLocator.jsp. Information is also available at www.fema.gov/rebuild/recover/resources.
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.