Insurance doesn’t always cover you after extensive storm damage, nor does it provide immediate relief during a disaster situation. You may not think much about the possibility of a devastating storm in the hopes it will never happen, but you do need to be prepared for what to do when a major storm hits. Regardless of whether or not your insurance company will step in and handle things for you, there are a few preparations you can make for immediate relief after suffering storm damage.
- Typical storm damage is caused by wind, which can remove shingles and damage siding. Such damage needs to be repaired immediately to protect your home against any further storms.
- Further damage can be caused by hail, which will destroy the exterior of your house. The best way to deal with hail damage is to have an experienced and trustworthy contractor you can call for quick repairs which are reasonably priced.
- Indoor flooding can potentially condemn your home, so if water comes inside during a storm it needs to be removed immediately. You can expect there to be further damage after the water is removed, but the immediate priority is to get the water out and keep excess damage to a minimum.
After a storm damages your home, the first priority is the safety and well being of yourself and your family. Quick repairs may save your house, but first you have to get your family to safety. Find a family member, close friend, or even a hotel room to assure a safe place to sleep. File a report with your local emergency assistance teams and contact your insurance agent as soon as possible to mitigate the expenses, but never forget how your health and the health of your family is far more valuable than the monetary worth of the house. Your first priority after a storm is to find safety.