FEMA’s Flood Improvement Specialists Offer Outreach At Local Stores

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UNION – Teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood mitigation group will be at local home supply stores in Union, Passaic, and Cape May counties to assist people with flood mitigation measures.

The outreach teams will be at Home Depot, 930 Springfield Road South, Union, from Monday, May 3, to Friday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and on Saturday, May 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Specialists from FEMA will be on hand to explain techniques that can reduce damage to homes, businesses and property from future flooding. How-to information for retrofitting buildings and elevating utilities will be available as well as hand-outs including brochures about the National Flood Insurance Program.

The teams will have information about safely cleaning up after a flood, getting securely back into a home after a flood, repairing a flood-damaged home and mitigation information for rebuilding using disaster-resistant techniques.

Available information also includes things residents can do to avoid flood damage in the future such as:

  • Relocate main electric switchbox above potential floodwaters
  • Relocate electric outlets and switches above potential floodwaters
  • Move washer and dryer to a higher floor
  • Elevate furnace and water heater
  • Have a licensed plumber install a backflow valve to prevent sewer backup
  • Purchase flood insurance

The teams also will have information on how people can get help with other disaster-related questions.

In addition to FEMA’s in-store mitigation specialists, comprehensive information on how to prepare for disasters can be accessed at http://www.fema.gov/plan/index.shtm


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