Hurricane Irma came through Florida and left devastation in her wake. And, as we come together to clean up, bounce back, and regenerate our community, it’s important that we stay safe during this recovery and keep the tips below in mind as we recoup. Hurricane Irma Recovery General Safety Tips: Stay off the roads, if
Hurricane Irma came through Florida and left devastation in her wake. And, as we come together to clean up, bounce back, and regenerate our community, it’s important that we stay safe during this recovery and keep the tips below in mind as we recoup.
Hurricane Irma Recovery General Safety Tips:
- Stay off the roads, if possible. Emergency workers are helping facilitate the clean up effort. That means clearing the roads of down power lines, debris, foliage, bringing electricity back to neighborhoods without power, and assisting with floods in certain areas. If it’s not imperative that you be on the roads, don’t. You may not feel like you’re helping, but trust us, you are.
- Generators. If you have a generator, use it with caution. Never use a generator inside your home. When operating your generator, make sure your children are far away from it. Do not plug emergency generators into electric outlets. It can lead to danger for workers on power lines that feed your home.
- Walking your pets. Be sure to walk your pets on a clear path. Even if there looks to be a clear patch of grass among debris, there could be hidden debris that can lodge itself into your pet’s paw.
- Clean up. Use protective eyewear and gloves when cleaning up.
What to Watch Out For:
- Fake FPL Personnel. FPL personnel will never try to come in your home. They do not need to enter your home to restore power. If you have an FPL person knock on your door, do not let them in.
- Fake contractors. If you’re looking for a contractor to make repairs on your home after the storm, make sure they are legitimate. If they ask for up front payment, you can safely assume they likely won’t complete the work.
- Fake emergency responders. Beware of fake emergency responders. Think police officers, public safety aides, and EMTs. Steer clear of unmarked cars with lights and people approaching you out of uniform. If this happens, contact the police.
Tips for Protecting Your Property:
- Prepare a list. Prep a general list of everything that has been damaged. You’ll need this to contact the insurance company to file a claim so you can report everything that is damaged, lost, or stolen (from looters, perhaps) to the adjuster.
- Report the loss as soon as possible. If you haven’t done this already. Call your insurance company. Due to the high call volume, your insurance company may have an online option where you can file a claim online. You’ll be asked to provide a general description of the damage and your policy number so have that handy, if possible.
- Protect from further damage. Board up your windows. Putting undamaged items in a safe place. Any items not included in your first claim may not be covered. Your insurance company can tell you what will be covered.
- A new inspection/appraisal. If you were in the process of buying or selling a home, be sure to request a new appraisal and/or inspection. This will protect you when it comes time to finalize the sale of the property.
Overall, be safe as we rebuild our communities after Hurricane Irma. It will take time, but we are already on the road to recovery.