After a storm
After the Storm
- Check on your neighbors and see if they need any assistance.
- Don't wait for the city or county to clear your street. Gather neighbors together to safely clear a path for traffic and emergency vehicles if you can. Don't over-exert yourself.
- Solid waste departments will pick up trash as soon as possible. Priority is given to household garbage, so separate it from other trash and debris. If you fail to separate your garbage, you could create a health risk and attract rodents and animals. Also separate tree limbs and other compostable materials from household trash.
- Make temporary repairs as soon as possible to keep further damage from occurring. Make sure you document damage with photos. Most insurance policies will pay for these temporary repairs. Know your insurance policies and keep all receipts.
- If you hire an individual or business to help you with repairs, check to make sure that they have a current license, are properly insured, and possess a permit authorizing them to do the work. This is for your own protection.
- Never pay the entire amount before repairs are completed. Reputable contractors will not demand huge down payments.
- Get a receipt for everything.
- You home should be well ventilated to allow for drying if you had large amounts of water inside.
- Avoid all downed wire lines, especially those near bodies of water until authorities inspect the area and declare it safe.