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Free Rebuilding, Repair Advice Available in Bollinger, Christian, Greene, Madison, Osage, Reynolds, Ste. Genevieve and Wright Counties

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.As Missourians repair or rebuild their homes damaged by the flooding and severe storms that occurred April 28-May 11, 2017, the Federal Emer-gency Management Agency (FEMA) and home improvement stores in Bollinger, Christian, Greene, Madis-on, Osage, Reynolds, Ste. Genevieve and Wright Counties are teaming up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand to answer questions and offer home improvement tips along with proven methods to prevent or reduce damage from future disasters as well as offer tips and techniques to build hazard-resistant homes. Most of the information and the free publications provided are geared to do-it-yourself work and general contractors.

Recovery topics covered include flood insurance, elevating utilities and rebuilding flooded homes.

FEMA advisors will be available at the following stores. Dates and times may vary by location:

Christian County: Brickstone Ace Hardware, 1791 W. James River Road, Ozark, Mo. 65721

July 26 -27, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.;

July 28, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Reynolds County: Gastineau Hardware & Lumber, 101 W. Walnut St., Ellington, Mo. 63638

July 26-27, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

July 28, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bollinger County: Bill Peters Hardware, 313 1st St., Marble Hill, Mo. 63764

July 29, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

July 31, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

August 1, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Greene County: Westlake Ace Hardware, 2350 S. Campbell Avenue, Springfield, Mo 65807

July 29, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

July 31, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

August 1, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Osage County: Hometown Building Center, 742 US-50, Linn, Mo. 65051

July 31-August 1, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

August 2, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Madison County: Thal’s Hard-ware, 137 S. Main St., Frederick-town, Mo. 63645

August 2-3, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

August 4, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wright County: Meek’s Lumber, 402 E. 1st St., Mountain Grove, Mo. 65711

August 2-3, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

August 4, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ste. Genevieve County:                 Cotton’s Ace Hardware, 601 Ste. Genevieve Drive, Ste. Genevieve, Mo. 63670

August 3-4, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

August 5, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Free reference booklets with information on protecting a home from flood damage will be available. More information about strengthen-ing property can be found at

FEMA specialists can provide general information regarding flood insurance policies and offer technical assistance to aid in recovery. Disaster survivors and others can find a list of home improvement stores hosting FEMA mitigation specialists and their hours at

To get in touch with FEMA, survivors may call the Helpline at 800-621-3362. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Services may call 800-621-3362. If 711 is unavailable use MO Relay 800-735-2966; CapTel 877-242-2823; Speech to Speech 877-735-7877; VCO 800-735-0135. Those who use TTY may call FEMA directly at 800-462-7585. Multilingual operators will be available. Operators are available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT seven days a week until further notice

The federal disaster declaration covers eligible losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding between April 28 and May 11, 2017 in these counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Christian, Crawford, Dent, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Howell, Iron, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, Stone, Taney, Texas, Wayne and Wright.