Before, During & After the Storm

by Guest Author

Before the storm

  • Schedule a roof inspection.
  • Make sure your rain gutter and downspout system is ready to flow.
  • Seal your home’s exterior.
  • Check your storm drains.
  • Keep your gas tank full when storms are expected.
  • Make sure everyone in your family understands your emergency plan.

During the storm

  • Don’t touch downed power lines or objects that are in contact with downed lines.
  • Avoid walking or driving through flooded areas. Moving water only 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet. Standing water may be electrically charged from downed power lines.
  • If your power is out, stay safe with flashlights rather than candles.
  • Avoid turning the power on in your home if it’s flooded.
  • If you’ve been told to evacuate, you can text SHELTER plus your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345).

After the storm

  • As soon as possible, take photos or video of any damaged property. You’ll need these later for insurance assessments.
  • Clear debris quickly to remove safety hazards.
  • Call your insurance company to confirm coverage and discuss the process of reimbursements.
  • It’s important to do repairs quickly so problems don’t escalate, but don’t just hire the first contractor to come knocking. Do your due diligence (see below) and hire someone reputable.
  • If the storm has been identified as a natural disaster, you may qualify for disaster relief. For next steps, go to and use these CFDA numbers: 97.048, 97.049, 97.050.

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