If you live in a disaster zone, you probably have weathered a storm or two. Sometimes the severe damage that we expect does not occur. Other times, a hurricane can leave your property looking like a war zone. Hopefully, you prepared before the storm and took out time to protect your home. If not, you can learn what is needed and have those items repaired or installed when in the midst of the rebuilding process.
One of the most important items to have installed is the proper storm or impact resistant windows. These type of windows help stop the penetration of wind and objects, giving your home a fighting chance. Armor Screen can help you before or in the aftermath of a severe storm. Their advanced system allows standard ugly storm windows to be seamlessly installed to complement the structure of your home.
If you have experienced a disaster and are in the rebuilding process, follow these five simple tips to assess your situation quickly and start the process of rebuilding your home in the most efficient manner that will help protect you and your family.
1. What to do after the hurricane.
The first thing to do is to contact your loved ones. If you have a system that is predetermined, it will be easier to utilize it. If you did not have a plan in place, reach out to let others know that you are safe and that you are checking to make sure they are okay. Try to connect to other people, social platforms, television, news, and emergency hotlines. It may be difficult if the electricity is still off. Make contact as soon as you are able.
2. Become aware of your surrounding area.
Be very careful about moving around inside your home or outside your home if significant damage has occurred. Try to stay away from water sources. There could be a downed power line or a broken gas line. Contact the utility company and inform them about your issue in the best detail possible. Stay far away from and weak looking structure and wait until they arrive on the scene.
3. Don’t clean up yet.
If you have suffered any major damage, do not clean up right away. You will want to organize and try to get things back to a state of order, but this can be dangerous. You do not want to come into contact with an electrical hazard. Go to the main breaker and turn off the electricity, only if you can do this in a safe manner. If your structure is very damaged, do not try to clean it or move out the garbage. Contact a professional to assist you. Find a safe place to wait in the meantime, until it is safe to return.
4. Don’t forget to call your insurance company as soon as you can.
They will want to know the details of the damage so that you can send in your claim. You will want to make a list of items that have been damaged, destroyed, or items that are lost. If you have not developed a list of your belongings, try to write down as much as you can recall, and be specific when listing prices, brands, and what store you purchased the items from.
5. Contact a company who can help you in the restoration process.
There will be many individuals who will come through the area after a storm. You don’t have to wait for a contractor to come to you. Call consultants who are trained and certified that specializes in the type of repairs you need. These repairs may include rebuilding, roof replacement, storm window installation, etc. Also, do not accept the first quote you receive. Do your homework ahead of time, to ensure you are hiring someone reputable, reliable, and economical.