What to Do After a Hurricane?
After it is confirmed by authorities that the storm has passed and it is safe to go outdoors, you can begin to assess any potential damage to your home and property. Follow these tips after the storm is over:
After a disaster like a hurricane occurs, if you were required to or decided to evacuate, it’s important to take the time to consider what you need before you return to your home or business.
Return to your property or business only after authorities advise it is safe to do so. Keep informed and up-to-date on any changes in weather or related conditions, or any guidance from authorities, by listening to the radio, TV or various social media sources. The hurricane may have produced hazards and other potentially unsafe conditions, such as downed wires/power lines, gas leaks, flooded areas, damaged trees and other debris. Remain cautious when you return to your home or business.
Your personal safety and the safety of others during the recovery effort is the primary concern. You want to assess what provisions, tools, supplies and assistance you may need based on disaster area conditions. The availability of critical resources such as water, electricity and food, or services such as police, fire and medical may be limited.
The following websites provide useful information related to post-storm recovery tips:
Assessing Your Property
Once you have been given the OK to be allowed back into your home or business, carefully inspect the property and building for damage. You'll want to consider your home or business during the period of restoration as a work zone. You may not be fully aware of physical, chemical or biological hazards and may need to protect yourself with personal protective equipment, such as a hard hat, gloves, boots, safety glasses and a dust mask. If your property has been damaged, document conditions and promptly report the claim.
Here are other considerations:
Restoring Your Property
Not all hazardous conditions may be readily apparent during your initial assessment. Throughout your recovery, consider hiring qualified professionals experienced in restoration services. Licensed restoration companies can be found by consulting the Better Business Bureau for recommendations.