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Free Repair, Rebuilding Advice Available in Gasconade, Jasper, Ozark, Pemiscot and Ripley

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As Missourians repair or rebuild their homes damaged by the flooding and severe storms that occurred April 28-May 11, 2017, FEMA and home improvement stores in Gasconade, Jasper, Jefferson, Ozark, Pemiscot, Ripley and St. Louis counties are teaming up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

Federal Emergency Management Agency 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. Most of the information and the free publications provided are geared for do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

Recovery topics covered include flood insurance, elevating utilities and rebuilding flooded homes.

FEMA advisors will be available at the following stores:

Gasconade      Hermann Lumber/ Do it Best, 603 Market St., Hermann, Mo. 65041

July 6-7            7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

July 8                7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

July 10              7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

July 11             7 a.m. to noon

Jasper Lowe’s Home Improve-ment, 433 W. Fir Road, Carthage, Mo. 64836

July 6-8            7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

July 9                Noon to 5 p.m.

July 10              7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

July 11             7 a.m. to noon

Ozark Mansfield Home Center, Jct. Hwy 5 & 160, Gainesville, Mo. 65655

July 5-7            7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

July 8                7:30 a.m. to noon

July 10              7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

July 11              7:30 a.m. to noon

Pemiscot Hubbard Lumber Co., 906 Ward Ave., Caruthersville, Mo. 63830

July 5-7            7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

July 8                7:30 a.m. to noon

July 10              7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

July 11              7:30 a.m. to noon

Ripley Meek’s: The Builder’s Choice, 301 N. Grand Ave., Doniphan, Mo. 63935

July 5-7            7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

July 8                8 a.m. to noon

July 10              7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

July 11              7 a.m. to noon

Free reference booklets with information on protecting a home from flood damage will be available.

More information about strengthening property can be found at www.fema.gov/what-mitigation.

To get in touch with FEMA, survivors may call the Helpline at 800-621-3362 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT seven days a week until further notice. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. If 711 is unavailable use MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Multilingual operators will be available. Those who use TTY may call FEMA directly at 800-462-7585.

FEMA specialists can help with service claims, provide general information regarding flood insur-ance policies and offer technical assistance to aid in recovery.

Disaster survivors and others can find a list of home improvement stores hosting FEMA mitigation specialists and their hours at https://recovery.mo.gov/.

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasco-nade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, New-ton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemis-cot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Rip-ley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney and Texas.

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