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FEMA mitigation specialists handing out information in Eastern KY hardware stores


Eastern Kentucky Flood survivors who are fixing their homes can get receive construction and repair advice from FEMA representatives. FEMA mitigation specialists will be in Breathitt and Knott counties at local hardware stores to inform people on ways to prevent future damage to their home from floods.

Nate Custer is a FEMA spokesman. He said representatives will be set up in the stores with information available.

“There are lots of brochures and pamphlets available that people can take with them. They can get their questions answered, its and effort looking forward by FEMA to, “what do you do to get ready for the next disaster that may come along?””

He said some of those include shifting where things are placed in the home.

“Some of the things they can recommend like, when rebuilding move your electrical outlet higher off the floor, in case water gets in again, maybe it won’t get in those circuits. Elevate such things as washing machines, furnaces, dryers that typically might be in the basement.”

The FEMA specialists will be set up at the ProMart Home Center in Hindman 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Friday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. They will also be at the True Value Hardware in Jackson from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Saturday.

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