Making it out of a tornado alive is a life-altering experience. While it is absolutely wonderful that you lived through the tornado, your home may not have survived as well. The next thing you do will depend on whether your home is a total loss or if your residence sustained property damages but is salvageable.
The first several things you will want to do in either event include:
- Listen to a local station on the radio for further weather updates. There potentially could be more tornadoes to come.
- Inspect your home for damage. If power is out, use a flashlight in case there is a gas leak from the damages.
- If you smell gas, open windows, get out of the house, and call the fire department.
- Leave your house if it is heavily damaged and stay out of other damaged buildings.
- Be aware of downed power lines and stay away from them.
- Report your property damages to the insurance company.
- Take pictures of property damages and personal property damages—when it is safe to do so.
- If your house is uninhabitable, find temporary housing.
- Make temporary repairs to save your home from further weather damages.
- Save receipts for any money you spent on temporary housing, hotel bills, food, clothing, and temporary repairs.
- Speak with a skilled property insurance claim attorney for help handling your residential insurance claim.
For a free case consultation with a Texas insurance claim attorney, please call the Voss Law Firm at 888-614-7730 and let us fight for your fair recovery today.