In the first and second series of this blog, we discussed tips to prepare your home and a safety plan for the arrival of spring storms. Severe storms can be scary but having a plan before a storm hits, and knowing what to do after a storm, can give you peace-of-mind.
Just because a storm is over, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can go on with your day-to-day activities. There are several things you should do and keep in mind after a severe storm:
- Assess your home for damage. Take photos or video of any damage that you see and contact your insurance company to file a claim immediately.
- Stay off of the roads to allow emergency crews to clear debris and provide emergency assistance.
- If you see a downed power line in your area, stay away from it and notify emergency authorities.
- Stay alert of overhead hazards in your yard such as broken tree limbs, wires and other debris.
- Check for hazards such as leaking gas lines, damaged sewage systems, flooded electrical circuits, and structural damage. If you smell gas or chemical fumes, leave the area immediately and call authorities.
Remember that safety always comes first. If a storm damages your home, your homeowner’s policy can help cover the cost of repairs. To review your coverage to make sure you are adequately insured, contact a trusted AssuredPartners NL agent at (844) 507-2528.
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