4 Steps to Take After a Storm Has Passed
Disaster Rehabilitation and Recovery
Natural disasters are unpredictable and can be terrifying, especially when they hit your home and affected your loved ones. Although it is scary to think about, there are a wide variety of different catastrophes that could strike Butte County, Sutter County, Plumas County and surrounding areas. These disaster include floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and more. If one of these unfortunate events should hit your home you don’t want to find yourself unprepared!
Follow these 4 essential steps for disaster rehabilitation and recovery:
- Assess the Situation
As soon as the calamity has died down, check yourself and your family members to make sure no one is injured and emergency medical personnel will not be needed. If you have any nearby neighbors see if they need help once the scene is safe. Turn off the gas and electricity in your home if it is safe to do so and avoid entering your home if you notice structural damage to your home that could cause the floors or ceiling to collapse.
- Find Food and Shelter
Food and water are vital for your health and keeping your strength during this difficult time so start searching for your necessities as soon as possible. Keeping nonperishable items in your home is essential during crisis and can be the determining factor in saving your health. If you home no longer has running water visit one of the many American Red Cross shelters that will be available after the disaster has passed through to those whose homes are no longer safe to inhabit. They also have shelters open regularly during these times at local churches, schools and other community properties. These areas are good resources if you have any needs.
- Be Cautious of Your Surroundings
Disasters always leave a trail of destruction behind; be wary of contaminated floodwaters, fallen power lines, or any criminals taking advantage of the chaos. Don’t turn the gas back on in your home until you have been given the promise of safety as there could be a leak.
- Recovering Important Information
One of the last steps of disaster rehabilitation and recover is to salvage as many of the important documents from the wreckage (insurance policies, birth certificates, drivers license, deeds, wills, financial statements). Collecting these documents will help you and your family recover from this crisis faster.
Should your home suffer from damage call SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor! Our disaster restoration services are available 24/7, 365 days a year, to bring your home back to the way it was. These emergency services include (but are not limited to) water damage, flooding, fire damage, pack-outs and mold remediation services. Don’t wait another moment call us now at (530)899-9141
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