BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Vermonters clean up the damage left by Tropical Storm Irene and begin to rebuild, federal officials are offering help on how to make the next natural disaster less destructive.
Specialists with the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be appearing at public events around Vermont to offer residents information about rebuilding their flood-damaged homes to make them better able to withstand future disasters.
"Our mitigation specialists can really help with rebuilding after a disaster," said FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer, Craig Gilbert. "We can show you cost-effective ways to make your home or business 'better and safer' the next time flooding or some other disaster strikes."
Mitigation advisors can provide valuable information on how to reinforce structures against flooding and other hazards, as well as provide information on the National Flood Insurance Program.
They can also offer advice on mold and mildew cleanup, and how electrical systems, furnaces and other appliances can be protected from flooding. Free publications on a variety of rebuilding and recovery topics will also be available.
Mitigation teams have been at Vermont fairs this summer and fall, and will be at the Tunbridge World's Fair September 15-18. They will also be at fall festivals in Stowe, Peacham and Shelburne, as well as events at the state historic sites in Strafford and Orwell.
To download materials on a variety of topics about strengthening property, go to www.fema.gov/rebuild/recover/resources.shtm
FEMA Mitigation Appearance Schedule
9/15-9/18 - Tunbridge World's Fair
Tunbridge Fair Grounds, Tunbridge (Orange County) www.tunbridgeworldsfair.com
9/17 - 16th Annual Northeastern Open Atlatl Championship and Festival of Nations
Mount Independence Historic Site, Orwell (Rutland County) www.historicvermont.org
9/17 - Teddy Roosevelt Day
Fisk Farm, Isle La Motte (Grand Island County) www.champlainislands.com
9/17 - Annual Shelburne Farms Harvest Festival
Shelburne Farms, Shelburne (Chittenden County) www.shelburnefarms.org
9/24-9/25 - Stowe Rotary Oktober Fest
Jackson Arena, Stowe (Lamoille County) www.stoweoktoberfest.com
9/29 - Peacham Fall Foliage Festival
Peacham, (Caledonia County) www.peacham.net
10/1 - Groton Fall Foliage Festival
Groton (Caledonia County) www.grotonvt.com
10/9 - 19th Century Apple Festival
Justin Morrill State Historic Site, Strafford (Orange County) www.morrillhomestead.org
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). For TTY call 800-462-7585; or call 800-621-3362 if using 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS).
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, an...