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After Sandy, Learn Rebuilding Techniques at Home Depot This Weekend

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November 20, 2012
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WINDSOR, Conn. – An outreach team from FEMA will be at the Home Depot store in Fairfield this weekend to explain techniques that may reduce potential damage to homes, businesses and property from future flooding.

Mitigation specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will offer “how-to” information for retrofitting buildings and elevating utilities. Specialists can also provide clean-up tips to help prevent mold and mildew from forming in a storm-damaged home.

The FEMA team will be at the Home Depot store, 541 Kings Highway Cutoff, Fairfield, CT 06824, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, and Sunday, Nov. 25.

Information will include instructions on how to:

  • Relocate circuit breaker panels, outlets and switches above potential floodwaters
  • Move washer and dryer hookups to a higher floor
  • Elevate furnaces and water heaters
  • Prevent sewer backups with a backflow valve

More information on ways to protect your home from future disasters is available at

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 800-621-3362. For TTY, call 800-462-7585.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private nonprofit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and covers the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

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.

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November 20, 2012 - 18:50
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