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FEMA Specialists Offer Rebuilding Advice

Release date: 
October 25, 2011
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Mitigation specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be in Jacksonville, Smithfield and Wilmington Thursday, Oct. 27, through Tuesday, Nov. 1, to provide free information on making structures more resistant to storms.

Advisors have suggestions and publications to help homeowners, renters and business owners protect their properties against damaging winds, floods and fires.

FEMA advisors will be available the same hours at all three locations: Thursday through Monday,
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lowe's Home Improvement
425 Yopp Rd.
Jacksonville, N.C. 28540

Lowe's Home Improvement
1230 N. Brightleaf Blvd.
Smithfield, N.C. 27577

Home Depot
5511 Carolina Beach Rd.
Wilmington, N.C. 28412

Mitigation is building or rebuilding to reduce the loss of life, the loss of property and damage caused by disasters. Mitigation measures may reduce mold and mildew and protect electrical systems, furnaces and other appliances. They also reinforce structures against high wind, flood and fire and they secure personal property.

The mitigation teams also will have free reference booklets in English and Spanish, including:

  • Preparing Makes Sense, Get Ready Now.
  • Protecting Your Home From Flood Damage.
  • Help After a Disaster.
  • Mold & Mildew: Cleaning Up Your Flood-Damaged Home.

Information about strengthening property can be downloaded 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-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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