Beef Up Buildings with Techniques That Stand Up To a Storm

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Release date: 
August 8, 2011
Release Number: 
1971-149

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Residents who want to make their homes and businesses more storm resistant can get advice from FEMA staff at local building supply and retail stores from Aug. 9 to Aug. 13 in Madison and Scottsboro.

“This is valuable information from FEMA engineers and construction experts, and it’s free,” said Jeff Byard, state coordinating officer for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. “These construction techniques can save lives and property.”

FEMA will have how-to literature, building diagrams and a model wood-frame house to showcase ways buildings can be strengthened. Using connectors, straps and ties at key joints can transfer the pressure of high winds from a structure’s roof to its foundation.

Residents also can get information on the different types of safe rooms, according to Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Byrne. “There are many options for safe rooms, ranging from pre-fabricated shelters to those built from scratch or included in new-house plans.”

Byrne says guidelines are available for FEMA-approved safe rooms and shelters, along with building plans, information from the National Storm Shelter Association, and demonstration replicas of safe rooms.

FEMA experts will be set up near store entrances Tuesday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to
6 p.m.

Lowe’s
7920 Highway 72 W.
Madison, AL 35758
256-430-5778

Home Depot
24635 John T. Reid Parkway
Scottsboro, AL 35768
256-575-2100

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Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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