FEMA offers free advice

Published 12:37 am Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Rebuilding specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are in Washington to provide free rebuilding information and answer questions on how to strengthen property against future storm damage.

Advisors have suggestions and publications to help homeowners, renters and businesses protect against damaging winds, floods and fires.

FEMA mitigation advisors are at Lowe’s Home Improvement, 1701 Carolina Ave. They will be available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays until further notice.

Mitigation measures reduce mold and mildew; protect electrical systems, furnaces and other appliances; reinforce structures against high wind, flood and fire; and secure personal property.

Free reference booklets are available in English or Spanish. No registration for disaster assistance is required, and there is no limit on the number of times someone may visit a specialist. Information on flood insurance is also available.

Information about strengthening property may be downloaded at http://www.fema.gov/rebuild.