FEMA mitigation experts coming to Sherman

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SHERMAN, Tex. -- Rebuilding or repairing a home after flooding can be a daunting task. But with the right information, homeowners can build back in a way that reduces the likelihood of future damage. Experts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are coming to a local building supply store in Sherman to provide information about disaster-resistant building practices.

Information provided by FEMA's mitigation experts will include:

. Effective techniques for cleaning up mold
. Relocating electrical systems above potential floodwater
. Elevating heating, cooling and water systems
. Installing backflow valves to prevent sewer backup
. The availability and benefits of flood insurance

Mitigation experts will be available in Sherman from August 7 to August 12 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at:

2801 N. Sam Rayburn Freeway
Sherman, TX 75090

"When rebuilding, taking small steps to reduce future risk is a smart thing to do," said Federal Coordinating Officer Kenneth Clark. "FEMA Mitigation experts are a good resource for residents to learn about how they can protect themselves."

A study by The National Institute of Building Science found that every dollar spent on mitigation can save as many as four dollars in the response to and recovery from a future disaster. Mitigation measures may also increase the value of a home.

FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.

For more information on Texas disaster recovery,
visit www.fema.gov or www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem
(links below).

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, you should call FEMA toll-free at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). For
TTY call 1-800-462-7585.

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