Churches face some unique concerns when it comes to severe storm damage, and many religious communities have a long wait before their congregation’s home can be fully restored to its former glory. Because repairs and restoration often have to be rolled out in stages as the finances become available, precious features that are damaged may be covered up and forgotten while more practical repairs are addressed. However, without proper attention, these damages can worsen and increase repair costs significantly.
How Can I Limit Further Damage to the Church After a Storm?
Minor damage to a roof, a broken window, or a weakened support can become a huge problem if they aren’t properly patched or stabilized while awaiting a full repair. It’s important that any damage is assessed, reported, and addressed by professionals as soon as possible, even if you are unable to immediately pay for full restoration.
How Can I Prioritize Reopening While Keeping Employees and Members of the Congregation Safe?
Storm damage can render buildings unsafe, and we understand that the safety of your employees and congregation is a pressing concern. Before patching up problems and getting back to business as usual, make sure structural damage and loosened debris has been fully assessed for potential problems and has been appropriately addressed while repairs are still pending. It is not worth risking injuries in an unexpected collapse or accident. A legal ally who has experience with loss mitigation after storm damage can help you create a plan to prioritize safety and stability in the aftermath.
What Do I Need to Do to Preserve Significant or Unique Features That Have Been Damaged?
Spires, steeples, unusual architecture, historic building materials, stained glass windows, artwork, religious artifacts, and other unique treasures mean that storm damage can result in heartbreaking losses, and it’s important to have a preservation plan in place—just in case. If you’re unsure how to get started, our team would be happy to connect you with the appropriate information and resources.
How Can I Get Help Expediting the Insurance Claim for Damage to My Church?
Church insurance claims are often complicated, and many religious organizations are surprised that collecting compensation from their insurance companies isn’t as easy as it should be. If you need help assessing storm damage, creating a recovery plan, and pursuing fair compensation from your insurance provider, reach out to our experienced team today.