Your home or business has been damaged by a storm or weather disaster. You thought it would never happen to you, but it did. In the aftermath, it’s hard to feel like things will ever be right again. It’s only natural to feel anxiety and stress in the face of the damage. You’re overwhelmed. You want things to get back to normal, and you don’t know where to start.
Here’s a list of six things you can do to take care of yourself and those around you while you head down the path back to normalcy. You’ll be there before you know it.
- Take a moment to take a breath and be thankful that it wasn’t worse. While storm and winter weather damage can cause a huge disruption to your life–if everyone in your family or on your staff is okay–breathe a sigh of relief that no one was hurt, or worse.
- Give yourself permission to feel a sense of loss. Although it’s healthy to look on the bright side, you’ve still experienced a loss, and it’s okay to acknowledge that. Your sense of security and your peace of mind have been dealt a blow, and some material possessions that are important to you may have been damaged. Before you despair too much about those, know that many of those things might be salvageable.
- Choose an experienced and compassionate emergency response disaster restoration company. This is key. You need to be able to trust that they’re working as quickly and thoroughly as possible to restore your building and possessions, and that they have experience in all the areas your situation requires, whether the storms has caused structural, fire, smoke, water damage, or you need contents restoration. If you have to wait for a return phone call, or you’re feeling like they’re treating you like a case number and not a person, keep looking.
- Launch your action plan. Your restoration company should give you a clear plan of action with a timeline attached to it, and provide estimates to your insurance company. Once you’ve got a plan in place, you’ll start to feel like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
- Keep in touch with your insurance agent. He or she should be in contact with the estimator at your restoration company, communicating with them on a regular basis and making sure they have all the authorizations they need to keep the ball rolling as they work to restore your home or business. Hopefully, you’ve already created an inventory list of your possessions.
- Keep the lines of communication open. Whether you’ve experienced a storm-related disaster at home or at your business, be sure to keep your whole family or team in the loop about the plan of action for restoration. It’s a stressful time for them too, and knowing that there’s a plan in place to make everything right can make all the difference in the world.
Hopefully, storm and winter weather damage will never bring about disaster for your home or business. However, if the unexpected does occur, the team of certified and trained restoration experts at Hays + Sons are just a phone call away, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. With 140 employees, 120 vehicles, and eight separate locations, Hays + Sons is highly capable of handling even the largest of disasters in the Midwest.