Hurricane-Resistant Home Improvement Seminars Scheduled

Patricia Skinner, Attaway, Denise  |  10/12/2007 9:43:33 PM

News Release Distributed 10/12/07

The LSU AgCenter is offering hurricane-resistant home improvement seminars in South Louisiana from mid-October through mid-December.

Seminar topics will include information useful for homeowners remodeling or rebuilding after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as well as for homeowners who just want to strengthen their homes.

Attendees will learn what to do to keep their roofs intact during high winds and how to experience less structure damage in future floods, as well as how to reduce damage from wind-driven rain.

Topics include:

  • Adding strength and rain resistance when you’re repairing the roof
  • Adding strength, flood and rain resistance when you have walls open after a flood
  • Making an addition more hurricane-resistant
  • What you can do when you just want to make your home more resistant to storm damage

“We have designed a program to help homeowners learn how to incorporate flood-, wind- and rain-resistance features into their homes as they re-roof, restore walls or do other remodeling,” said Pat Skinner, head of the LSU AgCenter’s disaster recovery and mitigation team. “We encourage homeowners to come out and take advantage of this opportunity and learn how to build safer, stronger and smarter.”

The seminars will be taught by teams of LSU AgCenter extension educators.

Registration is requested but not required.

All seminars will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. except the Lafayette Parish seminar, which will be held from 6-8 p.m.

Seminars are scheduled in the following locations:

  • Oct. 15 in the St. Tammany Parish Library, Covington Branch, 310 W. 21st Ave., Covington. For information or to register, call (985) 875-2635. Presenters will be Denise Attaway, Gene Baker and David Moore.

  • Oct. 16 in the Assumption Parish Library, Napoleonville Branch, 293 Napoleon Ave., Napoleonville. For information or to register, call (985) 369-6386. Presenters will be Gene Baker, Sheri Fair and Pat Skinner.

  • Oct. 23 in the Calcasieu Parish LSU AgCenter Cooperative Extension Office, 7101 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles. For information or to register, call (337) 475-8812. Presenters will be Denise Attaway, Cindy Richard and Pat Skinner.

  • Oct. 25 in the Tangipahoa Parish Health Unit, 15481 Club Deluxe Road, Hammond. For information or to register, call (985) 748-9381. Presenters will be Sheri Fair, David Moore and Pat Skinner.

  • Nov. 1 in the Vermilion Parish Library, 405 E. St. Victor St., Abbeville. For information or to register, call (337) 898-4335. Presenters will be Gene Baker, David Bankston and Sandy Scallan.

  • Nov. 7 in the Iberia Parish Library, 445 E. Main St., New Iberia. For information or to register, call (337) 369-4441. Presenters will be Denise Attaway, Claudette Reichel and Cindy Richard.

  • Nov. 14 in the Assumption Parish Library, Pierre Part Branch, 3103 Lee Drive, Pierre Part. For information or to register, call (985)369-6386. Presenters will be Sheri Fair, Sandy Scallan and Pat Skinner.

  • Nov. 20 in the Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales Branch, 708 S. Irma Blvd., Gonzales. For information or to register, call (225) 621-5799. Presenters will be David Bankston, Sheri Fair and Sandy Scallan.

  • Nov. 27 in the St. Mary Parish Library, Alex P. Allain Memorial Branch, 206 Iberia St., Franklin. For information or to register, call (337) 828-4100 ext. 300. Presenters will be Denise Attaway, Cindy Richard, Sandy Scallan and Pat Skinner.

  • Nov. 28 in the Lafayette Parish Library, 301 W. Congress St., Lafayette. For information or to register, call (337) 291-7090. Presenters will be Denise Attaway, Sandy Scallan and Pat Skinner.

  • Dec. 5 in the St. Charles Parish LSU AgCenter Cooperative Extension Office, 1313 Paul Maillard Road, Suite E, Luling. For information or to register, call (985) 785-4473. Presenters will be Denise Attaway, Sandy Scallan and Pat Skinner.

  • Dec. 6 in the Jefferson Parish Library, Metairie Branch, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. For information or to register, call (504) 838-1170. Presenters will be Denise Attaway, Sheri Fair and David Moore.

  • Dec. 11 in the Terrebonne Parish Library, 151 Library Drive, Houma. For information or to register, call (985) 873-6495. Presenters will be Denise Attaway, Sheri Fair and Pat Skinner.

  • Dec. 13 in the St. John Parish Library, LaPlace Branch, 2920 New Hwy. 51, LaPlace. For information or to register, call (985) 497-3261. Presenters will be Denise Attaway, David Moore and Pat Skinner.

More information on the “Build Safer, Stronger, Smarter” initiative is available on the LSU AgCenter’s Design and Construction Information Web site at www.LSUAgCenter.com/home

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Contact: Pat Skinner at (225) 578-2910, or pskinner@agcenter.lsu.edu 
Writer: A. Denise Attaway at (225) 578-6087 or dattaway@agcenter.lsu.edu

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