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By Katie, Julie, and Monica
My family and I have been through several floods and hurricanes over the years. I can share more on that later, but given the recent events with #HurricaneHarvey, I want to help you navigate through what will be a very difficult time in the coming weeks. Here are the things I wish I had known when we went through it the first time. I pulled this together from my own experience, other family and friends who have been through it, and multiple resources. #HoustonStrong
Safety First - Don’t go back to the site of the disaster unless you are cleared to do so. If there are barricades, it is likely for your safety. Don’t put the safety of emergency personnel in jeopardy because you are being impatient or are curious.
If it is an emergency, talk to the officials to get help.
First Calls to Make:
Be VERY wary about Flood Renovation companies. Ask a lot of questions, verify references, get everything in writing, and make sure you know what you're committing to. Some are legit but some are scams preying on desperate folks like you who have lost everything.
Contact Local Organizations to see what resources might be available to you.
Houston Hurricane Harvey flood victims: click here
Insurance Claims - again, claim before Friday!
A little information about flood insurance from FEMA and Bankrate.
Clean up (General, Car, Property, Clothes, Leather)
Car (From State Farm Vehicle Flood Damage Checklist)
Property (from floodsafety.com - more details can be found there)
Clothes (summarized from The Spruce - see their great site for more details on decontaminating your laundry room!)
Leather Shoes/Accessories (summarized from The Spruce - see their great site for more details!)
There are lots of people who want to help. Reach out and don't be afraid to ask.
That's what Texans are all about.
A BIG thank you to the websites listed under each category, as well as Jamie Hornbuckle and Amy Hampton for their input from personal experience.