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Release date: 
June 5, 2013
Release Number: 
4116-IL NR-035

AURORA, Ill. – Whether or not your home was damaged by the recent severe weather, FEMA mitigation teams are available at six locations throughout the area to provide free advice on how to rebuild stronger, safer and smarter.

Illinoisans who do not have storm damage, but want to better protect their home from future storms are encouraged to visit one of the mitigation teams.

The FEMA mitigation specialists will be available at the home improvement centers Wednesday, June 5, through Sunday, June 9, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The locations are:

Cook County:


9140 South Harlem Ave.

Bridgeview, Ill.



6301 Oakton, St.

Morton Grove, Ill.


Knox County:

Lowe’s Home Improvement

531 W. Carl Sandburg Drive

Galesburg, Ill.


Lake County:


120 Oak Creek Plaza

Mundelein, Ill.


LaSalle County:


5353 Mahoney Drive

Peru, Ill.


Peoria County:

Lowe’s Home Improvement

5001 N. Big Hollow Road

Peoria, Ill.

FEMA specialists can answer specific questions about building techniques that can reduce the potential for damage to your home, business and property from future storms.

Topics include:

  • Flood cleanup tips and techniques
  • Flood- and wind-resistant building methods
  • Elevating utilities
  • Flood insurance

It is not necessary to visit a DRC to register with FEMA. Individuals can register online at or via web-enabled phone at Applicants may also call 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585.  People who use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services (VRS) can call 800-621-3362.  For more information visit the Illinois Disaster website

SBA low-interest disaster loans may be available for homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations of all sizes to repair or replace real estate, contents and/or personal property damaged in the severe storms and flooding. Information and assistance from SBA is available at 1-800-659-2955, (TTY) 1-800-877-8339 or online at

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.

Follow FEMA online at,, and  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

Media Contact: 571-408-1835

Last Updated: 
June 5, 2013 - 12:43
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