FEMA Brings Rebuilding Advice To Kentucky

FRANKFORT, KY – July 2, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — Many Kentuckians are seeking ways to prevent losses from future flooding and severe storms. Over the past several weeks, more than 10,000 have stopped by to ask for advice and information at Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) community education outreach centers inside Lowe’s stores in Pikeville, Paintsville and Hazard. Those centers ceased operations on Tuesday. On Thursday, July 2, FEMA opens new centers in Somerset, London and Corbin.

LOWE’S Store
2001 S. Highway 127
Somerset, Ky.
Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sun. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
July 2 – July 7

LOWE’S Store
136 Keavy Road
London, Ky.
Mon.-Sat.7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sun. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
July 2 – July 7

LOWE’S Store
777 W. Cumberland
Gap Pkwy.
Corbin, Ky.
Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sun. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
July 2 – July 7

FEMA advisors will continue in the new locations through July 7 and will then move on to other areas.

They are providing guidance on such topics as cleaning up mold and mildew; storm and flood resistant building techniques; making mobile homes more storm worthy; retrofitting to avoid losses from severe weather; and flood insurance.

Applicants approved for U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans to repair or replace a damaged structure may borrow additional funds for protective improvements (mitigation). The mitigation funds can equal up to 20 percent of the verified total damages for the purpose of paying for protective measures intended to prevent future losses from the same type of event that caused the damage.

Officials continue to urge anyone with disaster-related losses who has not yet registered for assistance to do so by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585. The phone numbers are staffed seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. until further notice.  Help in all languages is available. Anyone with Internet access may register at all times at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. The deadline to apply for assistance from FEMA is July 27.

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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On March 1, 2003, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The primary mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the Nation from all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters, by leading and supporting the Nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation

Contact:

1 (800) 621-FEMA (3362)

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