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Free Advice on Reducing Damage From Future Disasters

Release date: 
August 22, 2011
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HELENA, Mont. -- Rebuilding or repairing a home after a disaster can be a daunting task. But with the right information, homeowners can build back smarter and stronger.

FEMA mitigation specialists will be on-hand in the following locations to provide information about ways to rebuild to reduce the risk of damages from future disasters:

  1. Bloedorn Lumber, Miles City
  2. (Do It Best) Power Townsend, Helena
  3. beginning Thursday at the Eastern Mountain Fair, Miles City
  4. beginning Friday at the Jefferson County Fair, Boulder

FEMA mitigation outreach specialists will explain how best to clean up mold, mildew and bacteria, a common problem after flooding. Specialists will also be offering tips on how to protect structures from future flooding, including information about relocating electrical panels, washers, dryers, and heating and cooling equipment to avoid water damage The option of permanent flood mitigation through home acquisition, relocation or elevation process may also be covered.

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Schedule:

Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 24
Bloedorn Lumber
2919 Main
Miles City, Montana
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday

Monday through Thursday, Aug. 25
(Do It Best) Power Townsend
1387 E. Custer Ave.
Helena, Montana
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Thursday, Aug. 25 through Sunday, Aug. 28, a
tEastern Montana Fair
42 Gary Owen Road
Miles City, Montana
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday

Friday, Aug. 26 through Sunday, Aug. 28
Jefferson County Fair
Recreation Park off Hwy 69, 1/2 mile south of Boulder
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday

Homeowners can get expert advice about how to reinforce structures against high winds, flooding and other hazards. Information on flood insurance and free publications on a variety of rebuilding and safety topics are available as well.

Those who suffered damages as a result of this year's flooding - or anyone who would like to know about basic preparedness and rebuilding stronger and safer - may learn more by visiting a mitigation specialist at the fair or a home improvement store this week.

A Congressionally mandated study in 2005 by the 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.

Homeowners, renters and businesses who suffered damage as a result of the severe storms and flooding that occurred from April 4 through July 22 may still register for disaster assistance by calling FEMA's toll-free registration number: 1-800-621-3362. The lines are open 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Registration can also be done by going online at Those with a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, can call 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) directly.

Online help is also available at:

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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