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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Many Tennesseans are in the process of repairing and rebuilding from damage caused by the severe storms and flooding that took place from March 25-April 3. FEMA mitigation experts encourage all who live in areas prone to high winds and flooding to make some fairly simple changes to their homes to reduce damage from future severe storms.
"It is safer, cheaper, and ultimately much easier to limit future destruction than to repair it afterward," said FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer Mira M. Shird. "And, the rebuilding phase of a disaster is the ideal time to consider ways to strengthen your home to protect people and property.”
Some techniques require licensed building professionals to design and install. Others can be implemented by do-it-yourself methods and don’t require permits. Before undertaking improvements, homeowners are advised to check with their local building officials about their plans.
Contact local emergency management officials to find out what is the hundred-year floodplain in your area and make changes that limit a flood’s ability to damage a home.
High winds are looking for cracks to penetrate a home, because once high winds get in even through what may seem to be small openings, they can do tremendous damage. Here are tips from FEMA experts on methods to limit high wind’s ability to trespass into a home.
There is much more to know about strengthening a home and many resources on the FEMA.gov and Ready.gov websites. The fact sheet, Mitigation for Homeowners (fema.gov).
For more information on Tennessee’s disaster recovery, visit www.tn.gov/tema.html and www.fema.gov/disaster/4601. You may also follow FEMA on www.facebook.com/fema and Twitter @FEMARegion4.