Over two weeks ago, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Gulf Coast of Texas, impacted some 50 counties with wind and water damage. Homes, businesses, and live have been drastically changed since this storm ravaged across southeast Texas. While most to the largest disaster relief efforts are splitting their energy between the state of Texas and the state of Florida, those affected by Hurricane Harvey still need a lot of help.
Have you been affected by Hurricane Harvey?
If you have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, you know that the initial clean up after a hurricane strikes is not all that needs to happen. Businesses need to get back onto their feet. Insurance needs to pay out and adjusters need to adjust. Although this is a season of struggle and challenge, you are not alone. There are thousands of people across the state of Texas and even in your immediate community that want to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. If you need help, click here to list your needs and get connected with those that want to help.
First Steps After Being Affected by Hurricane Harvey
There are several steps that need to be taken to recovery from a storm like Hurricane Harvey.
Take Plenty of Photos
For insurance purposes, take photos of everything. Insurance and adjusters will need to see evidence that your home was really damaged and how bad the damage was. If you are looking to replace flooring, walls, furniture, and other goods in your home or business, taking photos are a critical part of this process. While some may argue that you can show them hard evidence, you want to get anything touched by floodwaters either out of your house or disinfected.
Start The Hurricane Clean Up Process
The more people you have helping you, the quicker this hurricane clean up process goes. As soon as the rain stops, you need to start cleaning up your home or business to stop the mold from spreading and to protect everything not impacted by the flooding in your house from being damaged. Rip up the flooring, cut out sheet rock, remove insulation, and clear out any damaged furniture. Generally, anything that was touched by floodwater needs to be removed.
Find Temporary Shelter If Needed
Depending on the severity of the damage, you may need to find temporary shelter. Most people think the only option is to rent a hotel room. But Relief List has made it possible to connect you with someone who is willing to donate their garage apartment or guest bedroom temporarily. You can fill out your needs request here.
Find Volunteers That Haven’t Been Affected by Hurricane Harvey to Help
If your neighborhood was greatly impacted, help comes in short supply. But there are people who are available and willing to help out if they know there’s a specific need that needs to be filled. Find volunteers that haven’t been affected by Hurricane Harvey to help you recover from this devastation by clicking here and filling out our needs form.