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What to Do After Tornado House Damage

Tornado House Damage

Let's face it. When a tornado damages your house, it's scary, overwhelming, and stressful. But knowing what steps to take immediately after such a devastating event helps ensure your safety and start the recovery process. We're here to help with guidance on your next steps.

Prioritize Safety When Dealing With Tornado House Damage

First and foremost, make sure you and your family are safe. If anyone is injured, provide first aid and seek medical attention as quickly as possible for any serious injuries.

Be aware of hazards, including broken glass, exposed nails, and unstable structures.

Do you suspect gas leaks, water line breaks, or have downed electrical lines? If so, shut your utilities off at the source and contact your supplier for help when the coast is clear.

If you evacuated, wait to return until authorities confirm it's safe. Beware of hazards, including broken glass, exposed nails, and unstable structures.

Assess the Damage

After the skies clear and the area is safe, you should carefully inspect for structural and roof damage. Be sure to take photos and videos of the damages, as this evidence helps support insurance claims and provides documentation for contractors showing the extent of damages.

If feasible, take steps to prevent further safety issues or deterioration - for instance, secure broken windows with plywood or tarps.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Please speak to your insurance agent and let them know about the damages and inquire about filing a claim. During the process, log your communications with your insurance company, including dates, times, and who you spoke to.

Seek Professional Restoration Services

Professional restoration companies specialize in helping homeowners make needed repairs after tornadoes or other natural disasters that cause water damage or structural damage to their homes.

More importantly, many restoration companies handle the details of the insurance claim process, alleviating some of the stress of the situation.

Seek Support

Tornadoes are traumatic events. If you are feeling overwhelmed, don't hesitate to seek emotional support. Reach out to friends and family, or consider professional counseling services. Many counselors offer remote sessions for convenience, and it is always OK to ask for help.

Alternatively, local resources or community groups could assist those affected by tornadoes. These resources could provide victims additional support, including help with essential supplies, temporary housing, referral services, or information on further aid.

We're Here To Help

Life gets turned upside down when tornadoes strike. But with a plan, you can navigate the recovery process more smoothly.

Live in Texas? Rapid Restoration is here to support you every step of the way. From filing insurance claims to rebuilding your home, trust our team of experts to assess the damage, develop a restoration plan, execute the necessary repairs, and work with your insurance company for the best possible outcome.

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