Follow up post for Vermonters: In the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, many Vermonters are rushing to make significant repairs to their homes and businesses before winter sets in. See our previous post about Irene with photos from one week after.
State and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials have one message: Take the time to make the next natural disaster less destructive by rebuilding “better and safer.”
“Our mitigation specialists are continuing to reach out to Vermonters as part of the long-term recovery,” said FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer, James N. Russo. “They can offer cost-effective ways to make your home or business ‘better and safer’ the next time flooding or some other disaster strikes.”
This is good to know for anyone in a disaster zone where FEMA might help.
In this case, the mitigation specialists are attending public events ranging from farmer’s markets to fall festivals offering residents information about rebuilding flood-damaged structures.
In addition to valuable information on how to reinforce structures against flooding and other hazards, they can provide information on the National Flood Insurance Program, which provides federally backed insurance against flood damage to residents of participating communities.
The specialists can also offer advice on mold and mildew cleanup, and how electrical systems, furnaces and other appliances can be protected from flooding.
Free publications on a variety of rebuilding and recovery topics are also available.
To download materials on a variety of topics about strengthening property, go to http://www.fema.gov/rebuild/recover/resources.shtm
To register for FEMA aid, please visit http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Call 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY at 800-462-7585. Users of Video Relay Service (VRS) may call 800-621-3362. The toll free phone numbers are staffed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. If needed, multilingual specialists are available. By Smartphone or tablet, use m.fema.gov. The registration deadline for disaster assistance is Nov. 15. Fond and best wishes to all New Englanders who suffered.