Whilst you can prepare for a storm, you can also prepare for the aftermath of a storm too.
Instead of panicking or not knowing what to do, you’ll be able to keep your family and home safe, and see what needs to be done.
Here’s what we suggest you think about when you check to see how badly damaged your home is.
1. Contact your insurance company
It’s a good idea to let your insurance company know that you’ve suffered storm damage as soon as possible, so that they can process your claim and send out an assessor quickly.
This will enable you to get your home repaired quicker.
2. Limit the number of people
Although friends and family are likely to want to help in the aftermath of a storm, having lots people around your home and garden can increase the risk of falling debris or injury, and generally making things worse.
Try to limit the number of people, and keep non-involved people away if you can.
Having said that, don’t go investigating alone.
Always let people know what you’re doing and where you’re going. It might be better to wait ask a neighbor, than go alone or take one of your young children with you.
3. Be prepared
You’ll need to be prepared, as it will be wet, cold and probably dark too.
Remember to have your boots and thick warm gloves, and some disposable gloves with you. A dusk mask, hard hat and a high visibility vest is a good idea too.
4. Be aware
You might encounter many different sorts of hazards after a storm, so be aware at all times.
We typically find things like:
- Unexpected puddles
- Slippery ground
- Lost pets and disorientated wild animals
- Unsafe tree branches
- Fallen roof tiles
- Broken windows
There’s plenty that could surprise you.
5. Don’t smoke
It goes without saying, but don’t smoke when you’re checking your home after a storm. You don’t need to create a fire risk as well.
6. Flashlights and Tools
Having a good quality flashlight and spare batteries will enable you to see in the dark and get into the hard to reach areas, to assess the damage.
It doesn’t have to be expensive, and will be invaluable when you’re outside after a storm.
Although you could risk using your cellphone, a dedicated flashlight is better because it:
- Is easier to use,
- May have several modes, a strap and stand up
- Uses easy to find batteries
- Won’t leave you without communication when the batteries run out
- Will survive bad weather and drops
- Is cheaper to replace than your cellphone
If you can easily access a saw or shovel, or usually keep a multi-tool close to hand, then you’ll be able to use them in case you need to make an area safe, or start cleaning up.
If you haven’t got any tools with you, you’ll probably have to do without as it may not be safe for you to go back to your garage or home.
7. First Aid Kit
Keeping a basic first aid kit with you will ensure that if you do suffer an injury whilst making your home or garden safe, you can deal with it there and then.
Whilst you may be able to go back home and dress a wound properly, you might not be able to, and you don’t want it to get infected.
Keep painkillers and anti-inflammatories too with you too.
8. Assess the damage
If it is safe to do so, then try and assess the damage yourself.
Whilst you may not know exactly what needs doing, you’ll be able to help the insurance claims assessor by saying things like the roof is badly damaged, or that all the first floor windows are broken.
9. Are you qualified?
Although you might be tempted to start clearing up immediately, or climbing up to your roof, unless you’re qualified you should leave it to the experts. Or at least until your home and garden have been declared safe.
Remember, if you’ve never used a chainsaw or been up on a roof previously, you’re not qualified to now!
10. Take photos and make notes
Taking pictures and making notes will help your claim, and to make sure that you have mentioned all areas of damage.
If your insurance company has a claim app, you might be able to fill out your claim straight and upload pictures from your cellphone.
Whilst you might want to get started on getting your home back to normal, you’ll want to do it safely and carefully.
Being prepared and letting your insurance company know first is always a good idea.
If you need help after a storm, then Contact Us at 877-ROOF-310 now, and let us take care of everything for you.