Sweet Potato Festival Features Storm-Resistant Model House

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Release date: 
October 25, 2011
Release Number: 
4019-084

RALEIGH, N.C. -- This year’s Sweet Potato Festival in Snow Hill will have an extra feature: a wooden model house that can help save lives during storms.

Nicknamed the “DAWG HAUS,” this display model was built by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to illustrate storm-resistant construction methods. FEMA is taking the model to several locations in eastern North Carolina to show how connectors, straps and ties at key joints can transfer the pressure of high winds from the building’s roof to its foundation.

The Sweet Potato Festival, an annual affair that is expected to draw 25,000 this year, will be held at the Greene County Recreation Complex, 342 Hwy 13 in Snow Hill Oct. 27-29. It’s open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 27 and Oct. 28, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 29.

The nickname DAWG HAUS stands for Disaster Avoidance With Good Home Attenuating Unionization System. FEMA staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on storm-resistant construction for both new and existing structures.

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.

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.

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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