It is never too late to be prepared. Houston, Texas residents continue to repair their homes after severe weather, like Hurricane Harvey, devastated many communities in the area last year.
Lowe’s has decided to partner with FEMA, a government agency with a mission of helping people through disasters. Lowe’s partnership with FEMA is a crucial component of the company’s community focused approach to storm preparation and recovery.
FEMA and Lowe’s have a national partnership that allows FEMA to set up information stations within Lowe’s stores after a major event occurs. This partnership grants FEMA access to help educate the public and Lowe’s customers on insurance, claim filing and future mitigation against major weather events.
FEMA mitigation specialists have been on site in Houston stores to distribute information and answer any questions customers may have, as well as provide home improvement tips and tricks for future disasters. Both FEMA and Lowe’s want to continue teaching people how to prepare for, react to and construct homes that can better withstand various types of disasters.
To help better protect you and your family, FEMA also encourages everyone to remember and use these basic safety tips for natural disasters:
- Build an emergency kit. Include things like water, non-perishable food items, a flashlight, battery-powered weather radio and first-aid kit. Visit FEMA’s website for other ideas about what to include in your kit.
- Determine the elevation level of your property and whether it is a flood zone
- Learn community evacuation routes
- Cover openings in your home, preferably with storm shutters and additional straps to securely fasten any loose pieces
- Bring any loose articles outside into your home. This might include things like patio furniture, a deck umbrella, garbage cans, toys, bicycles or grills.
- Install an emergency generator. You can shop several generator options on Lowes.com.
- Consider installing a safe room
Read more about how Lowe’s responded in Texas communities during and after multiple hurricanes last year, and learn additional safety tips from FEMA on what to do before, during and after a hurricane.