Natural disasters such as wildfires, tornados, and hurricanes can be frightful. Most people immediately think of their belongings, but their family’s health is also at risk. If you are told to evacuate, don’t waste time debating what to do.
Protect your family by getting out of the way, and then use the following disaster recovery tips to recover from the devastation left behind.
Asses the Damage
Once the authorities have given you the okay to go back home, don’t jump the gun and pack everyone up with the expectation of returning to your normal life.
You need to go to your home and asses the damage first. If you have structural damage, you need to have that repaired so the house is safe.
When water is involved, include a mould inspection to prevent serious health conditions from developing.
Look for Help
Contact your home owner’s insurance to see if they will cover the cost of repairs. You may not realize just what your policy covers, so don’t guess.
If they do handle damage from natural disasters, they will send an agent out to check the damage and list needed repairs. This will get the ball rolling, and it can save you a large amount of money.
Stay Safe For Disaster Recovery
If you discover that your home is no longer safe to live in, you will need to find shelter for your family until all repairs are complete.
You can find hotels that offer discounts on weekly stays, but if it will be several months before you are back home, you might need to rent a house. Hurricane relief services can help.
Following these steps will allow you to return to your home as quickly as possible, but don’t rush the disaster recovery process. Unsound structures, mold and mildew, and other forms of damage can threaten you and your family’s health if you return home too soon.
Be patient and accept the help from others to get you through this very difficult time.