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2 Ways FEMA Can Help You After a Storm

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

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2 Ways FEMA Can Help You After a Storm

Experiencing a major storm or flood in your Bixby, OK, home can be devastating. Your home and personal belongings have likely suffered significant damage and it can be stressful figuring out what steps to take to begin to recover. Fortunately, the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) can assist you with assessing the damage both outside and inside your home.

Assess the Damage Outside Your Home

In addition to offering shelters for people after a storm, FEMA can send an inspector to your home to evaluate the extent of damage. Here is an overview of the process:

Contact the organization and fill out the online application for disaster relief assistance.
Once you’ve been notified of acceptance, they will send an inspector to your home. These individuals have experience with various types of disasters and know what to look for.
The inspector will look for structural damage and identify areas that must be repaired in order to make the home inhabitable again.
Be sure to keep your scheduled appointment.

In addition to working with the Federal Emergency Management Association, you should also contact your insurance agent if applicable.

Assess the Damage Inside Your Home

Before allowing anyone to enter your home, verify that the inspector is wearing an official FEMA badge. The inspector will want to see proof of home ownership but they won’t ask you for any money or credit card information. After paperwork is completed, the inspector will go room by room taking pictures and documenting damage caused by flooding. You can ask to look at the documentation to make sure that details are complete and you’re satisfied with the thoroughness of the inspection.
Suffering through a residential storm is traumatic. While it may seem impossible to get your home back to normal again, a storm damage professional can assist with flood cleanup. The Federal Emergency Management Association can also help you after a storm.

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