As Kershaw County rebuilds and repairs after the recent historic floods, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local home improvement stores have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.
FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand in Kershaw County to answer questions and offer home improvement tips to prevent and lessen damage from future disasters. Most of the information is geared towards do-it-yourself work and general contractors.
Advisers will be available through Tuesday at Lowe’s, 11 Bay Lane in Camden, today and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Monday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mitigation teams will also have free reference booklets in English and Spanish on protecting your home from flood damage. More information about strengthening property can be found at fema.gov/what-mitigation.
Kershaw County residents affected by storms between Oct. 1 and 23 have until Dec. 4 to apply for FEMA individual assistance.
Assistance can include money for temporary housing and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help survivors recover from the effects of the storm and flooding.
Residents can apply for individual assistance by registering online at www.disasterassistance.gov, apply over the phone at 1-800-621-3362 or visit the Kershaw County Disaster Recovery Center in the Blaney Fire Department, 2344 U.S. 1 South, Elgin, to register in person.