Hurricane Ian devastated Southwest Florida and evaded Georgia before moving to South Carolina. With one close call and the Hurricane Season far from over, it’s important to take precautions and strengthen your property’s defenses before another storm comes rolling in.
When a powerful storm passes, it can be difficult to evaluate where to begin. ServiceMaster of Savannah is here to help you handle a hurricane’s aftermath.
What to Do After a Hurricane
When trying to recover from a disaster, it’s important to put your safety on top. Ready.gov has listed some important information to guide you through disaster mitigation and recovery:
- Contact your local officials and let them know any damages you may have or any immediate assistance you may need.
- If separated from your loved ones, use your family communications plan to get in touch. You can also ask for help from the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS/1-800-733-2767.
- Stay up-to-date with the latest weather reports.
- Watch out for subsequent flooding and extended rainfall even after the storm or hurricane passes.
- Do not return home after evacuation unless local officials declare that it’s safe.
- If you require temporary shelter when returning home is unsafe, text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA). Example: SHELTER 12345
- Stay away from and do not drive in flooded areas, roads, and bridges.
- Stay away from hazards such as fallen powerlines, live wires, fallen trees, gas leaks, and compromised structures.
- Have a qualified building inspector check your home to ensure that it is safe for reentry.
- When it’s safe to do so, document the damage to your property and its contents.
- Do not use candles or open flames to illuminate dark areas. If using a battery-operated flashlight, make sure that you turn it on outside the building to prevent explosions from gas leaks.
- Keep generators outdoors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Watch out for disoriented animals and wildlife. Animals often hide under debris, so use a stick when performing inspections.
- Ensure that your waterline is not contaminated before you utilize tap water for drinking or preparing food.
- Throw out spoiled food and do not consume anything if your refrigerator’s temperature went beyond 40 degrees Fahrenheit for at least two hours.
- Use proper protective gear when cleaning up, and call a restoration company right away.
Why Choose ServiceMaster of Savannah?
After a storm hits, there is a wide range of services that homeowners need to restore their homes. Some of the common services provided to restore homes with storm damage include:
- 24/7/365 Response
- Industry Leadership
- Best-of-Class Methods