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5 Steps to Take After a Storm Event

8/17/2023 (Permalink)

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Step One: Prioritize Safety First

It's crucial to evacuate if necessary. While possessions can be replaced, remaining in a hazardous environment poses severe risks. After a powerful storm, structural weaknesses and materials prone to falling might endanger your safety.

Step Two: Establish Contact with Your Insurance Provider

The earliest communication with your insurance company is key. Initiate a dialogue to review your policies and clarify coverage extents.

Given the potential influx of claims, acting promptly expedites the process.

Step Three: Assess and Secure Your Property

Engage a reputable local restoration contractor, preferably with ample experience like SERVPRO®, to conduct a thorough property assessment and ensure its security.

The contractor should meticulously inspect the property, identifying vulnerabilities, leaks, flooding, and more. Document these findings to present them to your insurance company before embarking on repairs.

Step Four: Verify the Electrical System

Engage a certified electrician for this task. Prioritize experience in storm-related damage over cost when making your selection. Inadequate electrical work could lead to additional system failures.

Step Five: Engage Local Storm Damage Restoration Services

Identify and enlist a local restoration company to address storm damage on your property. Seek a comprehensive provider that offers inspection, cleaning, hazard mitigation, remediation, and construction services to ensure a holistic restoration process.

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