It is nearly impossible to predict when a natural emergency will occur. Even if you live in areas prone to hurricanes or floods, it is tough to predict when it will actually affect you. Sure, there are storms and minor flooding that happens from time to time but for a situation to be considered a natural emergency, there is not much time to prepare or take care of your property. This article will provide some tips that will help you manage the damage to your property after a natural emergency.
Protect your property
If you are being asked to vacate the premises due to a natural disaster, there are certain things that you will want to take with you. Some of these items include but are not limited to financial documents, valuables, bank information, social security card and your passport, and insurance information. In addition, be sure to pack your sentimental items of value such as photos, videos, and keepsakes.
Contact your insurance company
After a natural disaster, you will need to contact your insurance company and speak with them about the damages that happened due to the natural disaster. They will likely send out an agent to document the damage. In this situation it’s best to contact a professional public adjuster and he will negotiate the claim with the insurance company for you.
Work out something with your employer
If you or your family members were injured during the natural disaster, you will want to make sure that you can access disability benefits. If you plan to be out of work for a period of time in order to get your life back together, you will want to work with your employer on taking time off via the Family Medical Leave Act.
After a natural disaster, it is important to contact your creditors, car loan banks, and others who you pay on a monthly basis. It is important to keep up with your payments as best as you can and pay bills on time. If you are unable to do so, contacting your creditors to work out a plan to pay your bills will work out in your favor. If you are unable to pay all of your bills, be sure to prioritize them and pay things that are the most important at first. Things that are at the top of our priority list include mortgage or rent payments, insurance premiums, and car payments. If you are not living in your home for the time being, contact the utility company and request that the bills be stopped. There is no need to pay for utilities you are not using. If you have cable, you may want consider cancelling that as well. Before cancelling anything, however, be sure that you will not have to pay early cancellation fees or reconnection fees.
Look into tax relief options
The federal government often offers programs to those who have been impacted by natural disasters such as floods, tornadoes, earthquakes or hurricanes. Be sure to look in to how you can take advantage of this type of benefit.