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.

Hurricane evacuation route road sign

Safety first

Hurricane winds can damage power lines and weaken structures, while storm surges and flooding can create other hidden hazards for you and your vehicle. Always follow local emergency guidance before venturing out.
Man documenting and evaluating roof damage outside of house

Evaluate and document damage

Once it’s safe to do so, grab your camera and document any visible damage. Start your inspection inside, then walk your home’s perimeter outside. If possible, use binoculars or your camera’s zoom feature to view your roof from the safety of the ground. Learn more here.

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.

GAF roofing contractor tarping a roof after hurricane damage.

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.

Contractor boarding windows on a home.

Board Windows

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.

Brush sweeping away standing water left from a hurricane.

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.

Large blue fans drying out wet areas of a home after a hurricane.

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.

Man and woman reviewing roof replacement options with a GAF contractor.

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.

Two men and a woman inspect the roof outside the home.

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

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