Rebuilding Hope: What Do After a Natural Disaster Happened

Woman devastated over her damaged homeHurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes are perhaps some of the worst ways Mother Nature can showcase its immense power. If in the unfortunate case that you’re caught in one of them, there’s almost nothing you can do but hope it doesn’t destroy your home completely and pray to be safe until it passes.

More often, however, it is after a natural disaster has passed that the real challenges begin. Rebuilding a house is a huge task and there are many things you need to keep in mind, such as the following:

Check your home’s structural integrity

Always assume that your house may have been damaged significantly, even if you have disaster-proofed it. Do a complete inspection first and make sure your abode’s structural integrity is not compromised before deciding to move back in or relocate temporarily. It’s best to wait for a couple of hours — or days, if possible — before moving back in completely. It’s also good if you can repair or renovate the damaged parts right away.

Take photos or videos

If you have insurance policies in place, make sure to take as many photos or videos as you can to document the damages. Make a list of the items you lost and describe each one as detailed as you can. This can help make the processing of your flood or fire damage insurance claims easier and maximize your claim.

Save whatever you can save

It’s best to sort your things as soon as you can rather than putting it off for later. Cleaning up can be therapeutic and may help you overcome the emotional problems that the natural disaster may have brought. Plus, you can use the opportunity for your family to come together. If you’re living alone or your family is away, it is okay to reach out and ask help from your neighbors and friends. This way, you can cope much faster and move on from the disaster.

You can’t stop natural disasters from happening, but it’s what you do after that counts. Prevention helps a lot, but it doesn’t hurt to know what to do after the storm has passed.