Recovering After a Natural Disaster: Tips to Make the Process Easier

A natural disaster like a hurricane, flood, tornado or wildfire can occur anywhere in the country. From the plains of the Midwest to the cities along the coastline, no corner of America is immune when it comes to the unexpected.

And when a natural disaster occurs, it can take a long time to get back on your feet, and to get back to normal. However, there are things you can do in the wake of a natural disaster to make the process of recovery faster, more efficient, and less stressful.

Start with these tips to help you survive the storm and get on the road to recovery, no matter what the weather brings.

What to Do in the Recovery Phase After A Major Storm

1. Be Prepared

One of the best things you can do to recover after a disaster is to be prepared beforehand. Have a ready supply of at least three days of non-perishable food and water, as well as batteries, a flashlight, a weather radio, and other necessities in case the power goes out. It might be off longer than expected, and you are unable to leave your property.

A liquid storage tank and rainwater harvesting system can come in handy for ensuring that you have a ready supply of fresh water. Having this water to clean, flush toilets, shower, and perform other daily tasks that may be otherwise impossible after a severe natural disaster. Just make sure you look for liquid storage tanks with years-long warranties. You want a tank that can withstand potential impacts to ensure your water supply remains safe during the storm.

An additional benefit of a rainwater harvesting system is how it minimizes the impact that heavy rains and stormwater can have on your property. By catching the rains directly from your roof and close to your home, it will greatly reduce the chances of flooding or erosion.

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2. Check your insurance

Most home and business owners have standard homeowners insurance. Or if they live in a storm-prone area, they might have specialized insurance for events such as wind and hail.

But what about flood insurance?

Flash flooding can happen anywhere in the country. Unfortunately, this is a fact further proven by the recent Hurricane Florence, which affected large swaths of the southeastern United States. Flood insurance is often inexpensive, and a one time yearly payment. And it will protect your home, business, and property in instances where your property owner’s insurance may not apply.

 

3. Clean cautiously

After a natural disaster or storm, you might be in a hurry to clean and take care of your property.

Depending on the nature of the event, this could include:

  • removing downed trees and tree limbs
  • protecting property from flooding
  • removing debris and trash from your yard and home

But it’s important to do so with caution. Do not attempt to clean or remove any debris if there are downed power lines in the area. And do not attempt to address damage if flooding is present, or a flash flood watch or warning is issued for your area. Floodwaters can be inundated with toxins or contaminants from other properties, factories, and other facilities in the area. Therefore it may not be safe to wade through the waters.

 

4. Find community support

A number of organizations around the country exist solely to assist communities and residents after a natural disaster. The Red Cross, Salvation Army and FEMA regularly head to areas hit hard from a severe event to provide as much assistance as possible. Take advantage of these opportunities for help!

The Red Cross and Salvation Army will often set up temporary shelters where disaster victims can sleep, take a shower, and pick up supplies. They often have recovery supplies, including paper towels, bleach, cleaning products, food, clothes, and most important, fresh water.

In addition, FEMA often offers assistance to affected residents in monetary form. This assistance might be providing funds for damages not covered by insurance. Or it might even be providing no or low interest loans to property owners and businesses.

Look at what is available in your community, and ask for help. For many folks, asking for assistance is the hardest part of the recovery process. But no one can survive a natural disaster on their own. Use the resources available in your community, and get a head start on rebuilding and getting back to normal.

 

5. Stay optimistic

It’s very easy to focus on all the work you have to do after a natural disaster to recover fully. But by keeping positive, you’ll be able to keep going. With effort and assistance, you can get back to business as usual, even after the difficulties.

 

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Recovering After a Natural Disaster: Tips to Make the Process Easier
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A natural disaster can wreak havoc on your home, property, and business. But with effort and help, you can recover no matter what the weather brings!
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