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FEMA Offers Building Safety Information In Stores

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DICKSON, Tenn. - FEMA is teaming up with building supply stores to provide information on cleaning up, rebuilding stronger and disaster preparedness.

On Feb. 5, a series of severe storms ripped across the state, killing more than 30 people.

The federal agency will set up in stores in the path of the recent twisters to help people prepare for future natural disasters. Mitigation specialists will be in the store to tell people how they can make their homes safer, disaster-resistant.

Arthur Morris of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has set up shop teaching disaster mitigation 101. Homeowners and contractors are urged to pick up information.

"This Lowe's in Dickson is one of several home improvement centers across Tennessee where FEMA is answering questions on how to make homes and businesses safer," Morris said.

Store officials admit the deadly tornadoes that hit three weeks ago have more people thinking about safety.

"Yeah, we've definitely seen a lot more interest in making their homes safer against storms," said Lowe's manager Christy Gragg.

Part of FEMA's store display features brochures, building materials and life-saving tools someone may need to have in case of an emergency.  

FEMA wants to help people understand how to fill out the paperwork following a disaster. The federal agency also wants people to understand how to reinforce their homes to withstand high winds before severe weather happens.

"We feel that if you build better, stronger, it will save you future damages because it further strengthens the structure," Morris said.

There is also a checklist of must-have items that includes a weather radio and hands-free flashlights.

FEMA will remain set up in the Dickson Lowe's until Friday afternoon. The information and building display will then be set up in other stores across the state.

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