FEMA Teams Offer Home Repair Tips at Local Centers

Published April 29, 2010 | Fire Department | Automatically Archived on 5/6/2010

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ANDOVER, Mass. — After a disaster like the recent March flooding, rebuilding or repairing   can be an overwhelming chore. But with the right suggestions and help from professionals, homeowners can build back smarter and stronger.


Through May 4, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) community education advisors will be on-hand at area Home Depot and Lowe’s home improvement stores to provide information about low-cost ways to rebuild that can reduce the risk from future flood events and other potential hazards.


FEMA mitigation specialists will be available to answer rebuilding questions and provide informative publications in English and Spanish on the right way to deal with a wide range of cleanup and repair challenges. In order to reduce future flood damage, they are also able to offer advice on elevating furnaces, circuit breaker boxes, water heaters and some appliances.


Risk-reduction specialists say that by following a few simple steps, homeowners can dramatically decrease their vulnerability to costly repetitive repairs. The best time to make    cost-effective changes is when you are repairing current damages, the experts say.


Specialists will be at all centers from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.


Thursday to Tuesday, April 29-May 4, at the following locations:


Home Depot

1149 Hingham St.

Rockland, MA  02370


Home Depot

1415 Boston Providence Highway

Norwood, MA  02062


Home Depot

60 Stockwell Drive

Avon, MA  02322



2421 Cranberry Highway, Suite 100

Wareham, MA  02571


FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders and 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.