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Free Advice on Reducing Damage From Future Disasters

Release date: 
November 3, 2011
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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- FEMA Hazard Mitigation Specialists are on hand at Lowe's home improvement stores in Lancaster, Plymouth Meeting, Sinking Spring, and Willow Grove today through Monday to provide information about ways to rebuild or remodel that can reduce the risk of damages from future disasters. 

They also are there to answer questions about FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program.

Rebuilding or repairing a home after a disaster can be a daunting task - but, with the right information, homeowners can build back safer, smarter and stronger.

FEMA specialists are available in Berks, Lancaster, and Montgomery (two locations) counties to provide that information from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday, November 3 through Monday, November 7, at the following Lowe's:

  • 1845 Hempstead Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601
  • 2002 Chemical Rd., Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
  • 2625 Shillington Rd., Sinking Spring, PA 19608
  • 4055 Welsh Rd., Willow Grove, PA 19090

The outreach teams suggest mitigation measures to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from hazards such as flooding and high winds. They answer questions about FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program and explain how best to clean up mold, mildew and bacteria, common problems after flooding. They also offer 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.

By taking precautions after flooding, residents can safely reoccupy damaged buildings. Spending a few dollars today on mitigation measures can save lives and prevent damages in the thousands of dollars in the future.

Additional help is available at the following websites:

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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