Helpful resources for those impacted by a hurricane
What should you do after a damaging hurricane?
Once the storm has passed, it’s important to evaluate whether your home or property has been damaged. Here’s guidance for what you may need to do to repair or replace your roof.
Evaluate and document damage
The right contractor can help protect your home from further damage
Contractors have different specialties. To find the right contractor, be sure they are experienced with emergency repairs that can prevent further damage to your property after the hurricane has passed.
Tarp the roof
A sturdy tarp can help cover holes or loose shingles and provide a temporary barrier against rain and wind. This is a project you may want to leave to a roofing pro.
Boarding windows is usually a two-person job, often done before the storm hits. Half-inch or 3/4 inch plywood provides impact resistance during the storm and rain resistance in case of broken glass.
Remove standing water
Use a shop vac to remove any indoor standing water. Be sure to wear waterproof footwear that reaches above the waterline, and be very careful around water that reaches electrical outlets.
Dry out wet areas
To help prevent mold, use a powerful fan(s) to help completely dry any wet areas. Be prepared to replace soaked wallboard or upholstered furniture.
Questions to ask a contractor:
Find the right contractor for emergency repairs.
- Do you offer board-up or tarping services?
- Are you insured, licensed and bonded?
- How soon can you start and do you offer 24/7 emergency service?
- Are you certified with any major roof manufacturers?
Navigating the insurance process
Working with your insurance company — possibly for the first time — can feel intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. When a storm hits, taking these simple steps should make navigating the insurance process easier than you might expect.
Tips on the insurance process
- Call a roofing contractor to assess any damage.
- Speak with your insurer to review your coverage and learn their claims process
- Gather documents and photos or video of any damage to substantiate claims.
Federal Hurricane Resources
Federal assistance is available to eligible individuals and families affected by disaster. See if your area has been declared for Individual Assistance and apply online.
Visit FEMA for quick links to National, State, and Local disaster recovery resources
Florida Hurricane Ian - fema.gov/disaster/4673
Disaster Resources - fema.gov/disaster
FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are accessible facilities and mobile offices you can visit to learn more about FEMA and other disaster assistance programs.
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