NAHB Resources Available After Disasters in West, Midwest
As natural disaster struck parts of the West and Midwest earlier this month, NAHB members deployed association resources to reach out to their communities in the aftermath.
In less than a week’s time, 100 twisters touched down in five states from Oklahoma to Illinois and 840,000 acres of land were burned in Texas and New Mexico. Twenty-two were initially reported dead, thousands were evacuated from their homes and millions of dollars in property damage was sustained — $6 million dollars worth alone at one Kansas university.
"In the aftermath of Missouri's storms last week, many home owners found themselves searching for reputable contractors as they began the rebuilding process," said Vickie Muldoon, executive officer of the Home Builders Association of Jefferson City. "Home builders associations across the state are a great place to turn for recommendations. Our local association has about 300 members and a limited staff, and NAHB helped me tremendously by putting together a public service announcement to inform the public that we are out here to help them avoid fly-by-night contractors. The public relations staff was great to work with, creating a strong message to broadcast on our area radio stations."
Available free online at www.nahb.org/disasterresources, NAHB Disaster Resources are geared to providing both local consumers and building industry members with the critical information they need to rebuild homes, businesses and the community.
Other resources include information such as government assistance links, relevant insurance information and information from FEMA, Red Cross and the Small Business Administration on disaster recovery.
NAHB’s Public Affairs staff can also assist with public service announcements that warn consumers of fly-by-night contractors in areas where this has become a concern.
For more information, e-mail Kym Kilbourne at NAHB, or call her at 800-368-5242 x8447.