As hurricane season continues, residents along the coastal U.S. should be prepared to respond to a natural disaster in an effective and efficient manner. Residents should brace for strong winds, heavy rain, and flash flooding.
- Contact your insurance provider as soon as possible. Document the damage before you start making repairs.
- Protect yourself. The water in your home may be contaminated. Wear waders, hip- or waist-high waterproof boots, and rubber gloves.
- Remove water. Once you receive confirmation from your insurer to remove the water, use a sump pump and a wet vac. Open doors and windows.
- Mitigate mold by removing wet items. Mold can develop within 24 to 48 hours.
- Secure the property. Place boards over windows, secure tarps, and document your efforts.
- If you hire cleanup or repair contractors, check references and be sure they are qualified to do the job. Check out CAI’s Professional Service Directory to find a service provider.
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