If you ask nearly any kid what state they would love to live in, the top two that predominantly come to mind are Florida and California. And why shouldn’t they be? Beautiful sunshine year round, sandy beaches next to the crashing waves of the ocean, palm trees galore, Disneyland and Disneyworld… sounds like paradise to me. So what is not to love about beautiful coastal states?
Those who have lived in coastal states such as Florida and California are well accustomed to the beautiful land with which they are surrounded. However, once hurricane season rolls around, things can get a little dicey. One minute your house may be safe and sound. The next minute, the roof may be gone, blown away in the fierce winds from the Hurricane. The wooden fence posts may have wedged their way into the concrete walls of your home, every tree on your property may have fallen to the ground, crushing whatever was unfortunate enough to be in the way. So what do you do?
When Is It Time To Call For Some Help?
Alright, so assuming this has already happened, or may happen again this coming August, you need to be prepared with a plan for when the next big storm may strike again.
- If a power line has broken, please don’t try to be a hero and put it back together yourself
- When sewage lines are spilling onto your property, it is best to call somebody else, anybody else, to sort through this
- Fires, missing roofs, trees going in and out of your bedroom, and the main level of your home appears to be an extension of the ocean are all good signs you need to call for some help
- When you are ready to faint because great aunt Sue’s leg is stuck under the tub, get some help for you and Sue
Who Should You Call?
If you are in need of any sort of disaster cleanup and reconstruction, then the first step is to find a working telephone. Hopefully the power lines haven’t been damaged. In any case, once you are able to find a working phone or Internet, find a local company who is experienced in both cleaning up and restoring your home to its pre-hurricane state.
I think you’ll find that after experiencing the dramatic events of a hurricane, the last thing you’ll be ready for is the cleanup. You’ll have more important things to focus on, such as first checking on your immediate family to make sure they are all unharmed and safe. You may need to do some minor first aid (and hopefully that is the extent). Next, you’ll want to make sure any neighbors, family, and friends who live nearby are all accounted for and okay.
Following an assessment of others, you may want to contact any family and friends who are not local to let them know of your well-being. At this point, you may want to assess the potential threats of your home and see if it may be safe to collect any valuable personal documents, photos, or other important belongings.
Once you have contacted a local reconstruction company, try and relax and know you will be well cared for. There are many aspects of the cleanup and rebuilding that need to be handled with care, and this way you will know it is being taken care of appropriately. Hopefully the process will be relatively quick and easy, and you will be back to enjoying all of the good reasons to live in the coastal states in no time at all.
By Jennifer McCammon
Jennifer enjoys writing about the realities of life & recommends taking a few minutes to research local restoration & reconstruction companies. Have a plan in place in the event of a disaster.