FEMA, Home Depot offer hurricane-damage repair, rebuilding advice
SAN JUAN – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Home Depot stores have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer as the people of Puerto Rico rebuild homes damaged by the flooding and hurricanes of September.
FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand to answer questions and offer home improvement tips “along with proven methods to prevent or reduce damage from future disasters as well as offer tips and techniques to build hazard-resistant homes,” according to the release.
Most of the information and the free publications provided are geared for do-it-yourself work and general contractors. Recovery topics include flood insurance, elevating utilities and rebuilding flooded homes. All information and assistance will be available in English and Spanish.
FEMA advisors will be available from Dec. 26 to Dec. 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Home Depot store in Las Catalinas Mall in Caguas.
Flood insurance, mitigation information and planning tools, and additional information in the form of FEMA Fact Sheets are available at: www.fema.gov/what-mitigation.
Survivors impacted by Hurricane María can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or toll-free at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS – Video Relay Service). Multilingual operators are available. (Press 2 for Spanish). For TTY call 800-462-7585. Lines are open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Registering with FEMA is the first step toward qualifying for disaster assistance, which may include grants to help homeowners and renters pay for temporary housing, essential home repairs, personal property replacements and disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.