Specialists Offer Free Building Advice at State Fair

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October 15, 2011
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Mitigation specialists from North Carolina Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be at the State Fair next week to help property owners learn how to minimize storm damage to their homes and businesses.

Thousands of North Carolina homes and businesses have been damaged in the past year by a combination of tornado outbreaks, flooding and hurricanes that have impacted all areas of the state.

Advisors will offer suggestions about building stronger and smarter to minimize damage from severe winds and flooding. They also can provide the best cleanup tips for battling mold. Information on flood insurance is also available.

The building-advice team will be available between the Pitzer Heritage Circle and the Holshouser Building from 8 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, through Sunday, Oct. 23.

A model will be on display to illustrate storm-resistant construction methods using connectors, straps and ties at key joints that can transfer the pressure of high winds from the building’s roof to its foundation.

The mitigation teams will also have free reference booklets in English and Spanish, including:

  • Preparing Makes Sense, Get Ready Now
  • Protecting Your Home From Flood Damage
  • Help After a Disaster
  • Mold & Mildew:Cleaning Up Your Flood-Damaged Home

Information about strengthening property can be downloaded at www.fema.gov/rebuild.

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.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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