Natural Disaster Checklist: Things to Do After a Storm
A natural disaster of any kind may strike with almost no notice. You might see telltale signs in the sky, and the weather channel may issue an advisory or warning, but there’s only so much you can do to prepare for a storm. The storm’s severity and how it will affect you has yet to be determined, and the aftermath is still unknown. But once the storm has cleared, you’ll want to take action ASAP!
Watch for Lingering Storms
Often, a severe storm like a hurricane will be immediately followed by lingering storms or flooding. The destruction left in a hurricane’s wake often resembles that of a flood and tornado mixed into one big mess.
If you have remained sheltered, odds are you’ll be safe once the hurricane has passed overhead. However, you may still experience thunderstorms in the area. Continue monitoring local weather reports and emergency radio before moving from your safe place.
And if the power is still out? When you don’t have power, avoid candles if possible and use a flashlight instead. It’s best to wait for the authorities to call an all-clear before heading out.
After the Storm
Remember to keep monitoring local news for updates. And if possible, start to examine the damage to your property, but above all, do not risk your own safety! Know that a building may be structurally compromised even if things “look OK” after a storm, and this is just one reason to turn this process over to the professionals.
Once you’ve seen the general extent of the damage, it’s time for a plan. Call for professional restoration services as soon as you can. Restoration 1 offers extensive disaster response services and water damage restoration for the aftermath of a severe storm. We know exactly what “next steps” to take in this situation. We’ll be able to salvage and repair items, professionally dry your home, remove mold, even clean the HVAC system – or replace it if necessary. Our skilled technicianscan restore your home and help get your life back on track. If the damage is severe enough, we can also help rebuild your home.
The damage might be obvious, but remember to take pictures of the incident. Photographic evidence is absolutely necessary, because these pictures and/or videos will help your case with the insurance company. This way, your restorations may proceed as planned!
If you’re dealing with the aftermath of a natural disaster, call Restoration 1 of Greater Charlotte for extensive restoration services. You may reach us any time at (704) 741-7511 !