Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Coming To A Lowe's Near You: Free Rebuilding Advice For Georgians

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mitigation specialists are on the road again setting up in a store near you.

This weekend, three new information outreach booths will open at home improvement stores in Cherokee, Fulton and Gwinnett counties to provide one-on-one assistance for Georgians who are interested in better protecting their homes and properties from disasters.

Beginning Sat., Oct. 17, information displays are opening at 8 a.m. at the following locations:

5924 Roswell Road, NE
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

2044 Cumming Highway
Canton, GA 30114

3260 Lawrenceville Suwanee Road
Suwanee, GA 30024

The booths will be staffed with specialists from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 through Thursday, Oct. 22, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 23.

An outreach booth at the Lowe’s home-improvement store in Austell at 1717 East-West Connector remains open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Thursday, Oct. 22, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 23.

Three outreach booths that opened last week closed at noon today.

Those locations are:

Lowe’s, 7001 Douglas Blvd., in Douglasville

Lowe’s, 3250 Cobb Parkway in Kennesaw

Lowe’s, 733 Pleasant Hill Road in Lilburn

Since Oct. 3, FEMA mitigation specialists have been setting up booths at home-improvement stores throughout disaster-stricken communities, to provide residents with important information on ways to repair or improve their homes to reduce or prevent future disaster damages.

Those techniques include such ideas as: reducing mold and mildew, protecting electrical systems, furnaces, and other appliances; reinforcing structures against high winds and flooding; safeguarding valuables; and securing other important personal property. Information on flood insurance also is available.

The information, which includes reference booklets, is free and provided both in English and Spanish. No registration is required. There is no limit on the number of times someone can visit with a specialist or on the number of publications they can have.

So far, the teams have talked with more than 4,000 visitors to home-improvement stores throughout the metro Atlanta area.

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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