Hurricane & Flooding Disaster Recovery

Tragedy, Insurance, Shelter, Flooding, Water Damage, Insurance, Rebuilding

They Might Be Thinking:

  • What should I be doing to prepare for this hurricane? Do I need a hurricane checklist?
  • Do I have enough food, water, medications and other essentials? Do I have a 3 to 5 day supply?
  • What should I do if I am a caregiver?
  • What should I do if I am away from my home?
  • Do I have an updated list of critical emergency numbers?
  • How should I notify my family and friends? Is Facebook appropriate?
  • Do I have maps or GPS with evacuation routes noted? Do I have fuel? Which car do I take?
  • If I decide to evacuate, do I need to clean out my refrigerator/freezer?
  • What toys and games should I bring to keep the kids entertained? 
  • What supplies do I need for my babies?
  • What should I do if I lose power in my home?
  • What mobile apps should I download to my phone to stay connected to important news?
  • How do I stay in touch with my closest friends, family and colleagues?
  • What are the most important items that I need to pack for the next 3 to 6 months?
  • What should I do if my house starts to flood?
  • Will my homeowner’s insurance cover storm damage?
  • How do I make sure that I paid my flood insurance?
  • If I get stranded, what are my best options for rescue?
  • Do I have copies of all my most important documents?

Words That Might Be Encouraging:

  • Whatever happens, we will get through this together.
  • Do you need help prioritizing the most important things to do after the storm?
  • Are you aware of federal resources that are available to you and your family?
  • If you plan to evacuate, I can work on finding you a place to stay.
  • After you get through the hurricane, you can use my house as your home base.
  • Can you keep me updated each day on your physical location? 
  • I can wire money to your bank account if you need cash right away.
  • We have bedrooms available in our home. “Mi casa es su casa.”
  • We are praying for you and your family right now (if open to faith-based support).
  • I can assist with making calls to family and friends.
  • I can assist with contacting agencies for disaster relief.

Words That Might Be Discouraging:

  • Don’t let this situation weigh you down... just focus on getting through it.
  • Oh, you poor thing. I feel bad that you have to go through this.
  • Don’t get down on yourself. Everything is going to be okay.
  • I feel so blessed and lucky that I don’t live in that area anymore.
  • Looking at the news, the people look like refugees.
  • Do you have any regrets about living in the area that you live in?
  • Do you have any regrets about living so close to the water? 
  • Do you know how long you might be displaced? 
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