INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Residents who want to make their homes and businesses more storm resistant can get advice from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mitigation specialists at local building supply stores April 17 through April 22 in Lawrenceburg, Evansville, Salem and Scottsburg.
In addition to answering questions, mitigation specialists will have information about how to rebuild safer and stronger and provide steps that may lessen storm damage in a future disaster. This ranges from creating a family disaster plan to building a "safe room" -- a shelter designed to provide occupants a safe place to go when severe weather threatens.
The dates, times and locations are:
April 17 – April 22 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Lowe’s Home Improvement, 970 W. Eads Pkwy, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
- Lowe’s Home Improvement, 6716 Oak Grove Rd., Evansville, IN 47715
April 17 – April 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- True Value Hardware, 1312 W. Mulberry St., Salem, IN 47167
April 20 – April 22 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Ace Hardware, 785 W. McClain Ave., Scottsburg, IN 47170
As people repair or rebuild, this is an ideal time for them to incorporate disaster-resistant measures. Small changes can make a big difference the next time storms strike and can lessen the damage and financial impact on individuals, communities and society as a whole. An independent study shows each dollar spent on mitigation saves society an average of $4 by reducing future losses due to disasters.
A series of free mitigation publications is available at www.fema.gov or by calling (800) 480-2520. These include: Taking Shelter from the Storm, Rebuilding for a More Sustainable Future, Homeowner's Guide to Retrofitting and Understanding Your Risks and Identifying Hazards and Estimating Losses.
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.