Common Mistakes Homeowners Make after a Disaster

disaster recoveryEach year, millions of homes are affected by natural and man-made disasters. From forest fires to flooding, these cataclysms can leave families high and dry. If you find yourself in this situation, there are some steps we recommend taking to avoid falling into common problematic behavior. You will want to keep yourself, your family, and your property as safe as possible, so here are ways you can ensure coming home after the disaster will run smoothly.

Follow Local Authorities' Warnings

One disaster recovery mistake that homeowners make is to rush back to their property before fire departments, police, and disaster crews have secured the area. You will want to inspect your property and get back home as soon as possible, but you don't want to do this at the expense of your safety. Trust in local authorities and follow their advice when they tell you to keep away from an area.

Document, Document, Document

When people come home, they are in such a rush they change the property and fail to document properly. Documenting the damage is essential to file a report for your insurance company. You can call your insurance provider to ensure you're following the steps they recommend. Insurance will be replacing your valuables and helping you get on your feet, so make sure that you get what you deserve and what was ruined in the disaster by taking photos, writing descriptions, and organizing your data.
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