COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Federal Emergency Management Agency mitigation experts will offer free rebuilding information and answer questions about how to strengthen property against future storm and flood damage in East Prairie at the Sweet Corn Festival June 24 -- June 25, 2011.
Mitigation advisors will be on hand at the FEMA information booth from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. They will give suggestions to help home and business owners protect property against wind and flooding.
A Congressionally mandated study in 2005 National Institute of Building Sciences showed that every dollar spent on mitigation saves society an average of four dollars in future losses due to disasters.
Mitigation advisors can provide valuable information about mold and mildew cleanup, electrical systems, furnaces and other appliances. There is also expert advice about how to reinforce structures against high wind and flooding. Information on flood insurance and free publications on a variety of rebuilding and safety topics will also be available both in English and Spanish.
To download information and materials on a variety of topics about strengthening property, go to www.fema.gov/rebuild/.
For more information about this season's disasters in Missouri, go to www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=14395.
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.
FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA disaster loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.