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FEMA, outreach specialists to return to the island

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Update Jan. 24, 2017, 3:15 p.m.: FEMA workers are in the Community Center this week through Friday, and will not be here on Saturday, a FEMA employee told the Observer today.  Information below has been updated.

Federal Emergency Management Agency and state community outreach specialists are scheduled to return to Ocracoke from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 through Friday, Jan. 27, in the Community Center to answer flood mitigation and recovery questions.

In information issued by Hyde County, FEMA has teamed with the state mitigation supervisor to start a Community Education Outreach Project.  The team will provide information on the following mitigation and recovery techniques:

  • Clean-up, tear out and dry out, lower humidity, create air circulation
    • Proper removal of sheet rock. Replacement with water resistant materials
    • Elevating mechanicals (washer-dryers-furnace) raising electrical outlets and home elevation
    • Landscaping ideas
    • Back flow valves, floor plugs, and sump pumps
    • Installing interior and exterior flood walls
    • Draining systems, such as French drains
    • Anchoring fuel tanks
    • Benefits of flood insurance
    • Obtaining building permits-checking with local officials

Numerous free publications also will be available.

Community outreach specialists also will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, to Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Hyde County Government Center, 30 Oyster Creek Rd. Swan Quarter.

To view the Hyde County information, click here.

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