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FEMA offers free advice on safe rooms and more
FEMA offers free advice on safe rooms and more
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Updated: 6/09/2014 12:27 pm
WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) - At a West Point hardware store FEMA rebuilding specialists are set up this week to meet with the public.

They're offering free advice to those who are rebuilding or repairing their homes and businesses after April's tornadoes.

Susan Solomon with FEMA said, "What we have here are plans to rebuild your structures safer so that they'll weather a storm."

The information in the handouts includes blueprints and other details on safe rooms and other reenforcements to possibly help reduce the amount of damage to your property from future storms.

Solomon said, "You can incorporate it into the house you're rebuilding. If your home was not damaged this is the time to learn from the experience of these other individual households."

Officials say while they're here to help those who suffered loss during the recent storms get back on their feet, they say another mission is to get the public informed about being better prepared in the future to hopefully reduce loss.

They say rooms built to withstand extreme weather are key.

Solomon said, "You want to make it big enough so that other relatives can come to your house and take shelter in your home in your safe room. Don't forget the pets will be in there too."

Those affected by the storm have until the end of the month to register with FEMA.

For those who have insurance they too are encouraged to call or go online.

FEMA will be in West Point through Friday at Phillip's Hardware.

Tuesday through Saturday the team will be set up at the Lowe's in Starkville.
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