Hurricanes, tornados, fires, excessive snowfall and other natural disasters are becoming increasingly frequent and more devastating each year. However traumatic the experience of having one’s property damaged by nature, property owners need to react very quickly after the danger is gone if they want to mitigate the damage, including help from roofing Panama City FL professionals and more. Fortunately, they have several options to get help with the process and to make recovery faster and easier after the disaster – here are a few tips how.
Finding Out What Your Insurance Policy Covers
Homeowner’s insurance policies provide coverage against many types of damage, but some of them exclude specific disasters, especially in the case of homes in areas where the risk of certain calamities is higher. While this recommendation is not exactly a damage mitigation measure, it is a great idea to get additional policies for the most likely natural disasters prior to extreme weather events, even if those policies will also incur additional costs.
Financial Help after the Damage Is Done
If your insurance policy provides coverage for the type of calamity that damaged your home, find out the procedure you need to follow to file an insurance claim – most insurers operate help lines that you can call 24/7 to get information. You will probably need to find independent contractors who will assess the amount of damage from various aspects – depending on how extensive the damage is, you will need a roofer, a plumber and other experts as well as one or multiple assessors to determine and to document the damage. The next step will probably be to put together your claims file and to submit it to your insurer. Your insurance company will also send their own adjusters to check the damage site, then the negotiations about the claim amount will start.
Assistance with Housing
If your home needs to be evacuated or has been completely ruined, you and your loved ones will need a place to live until you sort everything out. Charity organizations, such as the Salvation Army and the Red Cross all offer shelter for disaster victims and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the organization that coordinates the response to disasters, also provide help with various aspects of life after disastrous events. FEMA has various departments and programs to help disaster victims not only by providing them with temporary shelter, but with medical help and other forms of assistance, such as living expenses as well. FEMA also has a budget to reimburse losses after disasters, but the sums available to homeowners through the organization are meant to provide temporary relief and in most cases are not sufficient for restoring homes to their pre-disaster state.
Assistance with Lost Documents
In many cases, important documents, such as ID cards, driver’s licenses, banking cards, even the insurance policy are lost in the disaster. While these documents can normally be recovered only with some serious legwork, most financial institutions and authorities make it easier to get such identification and other types of important documents re-issued to people whose homes have sustained extensive damage caused by a natural disaster.