When major weather incidents are expected, such as a hurricane, there may be time for homeowners to take precautions to prevent or reduce the damage that can be caused by the disaster. In other areas where earthquakes are common, there will be no warning; however, precautions should still be implemented like securing bookshelves to walls and moving beds away from large windows and mirrors.
Once a natural disaster strikes, there’s pretty much nothing you can do except wait until it’s over and start assessing the damage. First, water restoration is critical after any disaster. Check to make sure the water supply is safe to use before drinking it. Next, check to see if the electricity is working. If not, look for downed power lines but do not get too close to them. If lines are down, call your utility company to report the damage.
There are many stages to disaster recovery. If you have homeowner’s insurance that covers the type of natural disaster you are suffering from, call them immediately. The sooner the claims adjuster inspects your home, the faster you’ll have the funds to begin recovery. While waiting for insurance funds to arrive, start calling contractors to get estimates for needed repairs. Always check a contractor’s license and experience.
Once you recover from a natural disaster, start preparing for the next one. Living through a disaster will teach you what you should do to prevent major damage next time. For example, you might dig a permanent drainage trench to allow water to flow away from your house. As technology advances forward, you may discover better ways to protect your home and your family from a natural disaster.