Free Advice on Reducing Damage from Future Tornadoes

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Release date: 
July 18, 2011
Release Number: 
1971-131

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency continues to offer free consultations with FEMA advisers at home improvement and hardware stores. They will have display tables at area stores from July 18 to July 23.

The FEMA specialists will answer questions and offer home improvement tips and proven techniques to prevent and lessen damage from future disasters. Most of the information is geared toward do-it-yourself workers and building contractors, and is available in both English and Spanish.

Also, if you’re thinking of building a safe room, literature is available about the best options. Safe rooms built to FEMA specifications have saved thousands of lives.

Advisers will be available at the following stores on Monday from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dates, locations and times are subject to change.

Lauderdale County
Home Depot
351 Seville St.
Florence, AL 35630
(256) 764-5037

Cullman County
Lowe’s Home Improvement
1717 Cherokee Ave. S.W.
Cullman, AL 35055
(256) 775-0075

Jefferson County
Home Depot
3670 Galleria Circle
Birmingham, AL 35244
(205) 988-8141

Morgan County
Lowe’s Home Improvement
1641 Beltline Road S.W.
Decatur, AL 35601
(256) 301-0652

Jefferson County
Lowe’s Home Improvement
375 State Farm Parkway West
Homewood, AL 35209
(205) 942-2223

Jefferson County
Wal-Mart
7201 Aaron Aronov Drive
Fairfield, AL 35064
(205) 923-4423

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 800-621-FEMA (3362). If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

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 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.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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