If you’ve been a victim of a natural disaster, you know it’s no laughing matter. Thankfully, weather forecasting is improving, so it’s getting easier to know when you need to prepare for various types of natural phenomenon, like a hurricane. What do you do after the hurricane hits your property, though? Use this handy guide to get you started on the road to recovery.
Assess the Damage
As soon as it is safe to do so, you should go outside and scan your property to determine to what extent the storm affected it. If you notice significant damage, you should call your insurance company and be sure to document everything with photographic evidence. As part of this process, try to gauge what you can take care of yourself and what may need the assistance of professionals.
Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to remove some debris. If there is a lot of debris, you can hire a debris removal Auburn company to assist you in the process. However, if the damage mainly consists of downed branches and pinecones, you should be able to remove it on your own, or with the assistance of your neighbors. Removing debris will also help you truly identify whether there is any hidden damage to your property.
After any hurricane, there will be some need for rebuilding. Sometimes this simply means propping back up a fallen fence, while other times it consists of putting on a new roof, installing a new carport, or more extensive repairs. If you feel incapable of managing everything yourself, feel free to reach out to nonprofit agencies in your area or even call a local church to see if there are any volunteers available to assist you.
Don’t let a hurricane set you too far back. Once it’s safely passed, determine how bad the damage is, remove any debris, and repair your property.