Free Repair, Rebuilding Advice Available in Butler and Jefferson Counties

As Missourians repair or rebuild their homes damaged by the flooding and severe storms that occurred April 28-May 11, 2017, FEMA and The Home Depot stores in Butler and Jefferson counties have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

Federal Emergency Management Agency mitigation specialists are 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 are available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today through Monday, June 26, and from 7 a.m. to noon Tuesday, June 27, at the following Home Depot stores:

Butler County
639 S. Westwood Blvd.
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

Jefferson County
3865 Vogel Road
Arnold, MO 63010

Free reference booklets with information on protecting a home from flood damage are 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. 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. Operators will be available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Those who use TTY may call FEMA directly at 800-462-7585.

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

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by flooding and severe storms between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, and Texas.

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