Safety tips for dealing with storm damage
It’s been almost three months since Hurricane Zeta pummeled our area and some people are still waiting for repairs to be complete.
As many of us South Mississippians know, it’s best to assess damages as quickly as possible after a hurricane or storm and file a claim with your insurance company, and get a professional appraisal of the damage to begin repairs.
For those waiting for repairs, it’s a good idea to inspect damage, especially when it comes to the roof.
Experts suggest, if its safe, to check in the attic for leaks or other signs of damage and to check ceilings and walls for water stains.
Secure and tarp any areas where there are leaks and also keep an eye out for potential fire hazards. Biloxi Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention Caleb Hudson said, “If you’re still getting repairs, make sure – one of the big things is if water got above the electricity, this could cause problems with the electrical things. Make sure that is looked at by a qualified electrician before you turn anything back on, but also, anything around the house. Anywhere where you might have water damage that caused something to rot, this is an easy place for a fire to start. Make sure you do a thorough inspection after these disasters, that way you can make sure you are as safe as you can be.”
FEMA assistance to help with Hurricane Zeta damage is now available to those who qualify, namely those whose insurance did not cover storm damage.