Tornadoes can be one of the most damaging disasters of all if you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Although no disaster is better to deal with than one or the other, tornadoes are known for being quick and destructive. Usually all government organizations have a three day rule in place for rescue and disaster recovery. Hernando Residents should be aware that there will not always be responders right away to your locations and situation if the are others in more danger than you are. While you wait for help to arrive at your location, here are some tips that you can do before help arrives to prevent more damage.
Start With Your Utilities!
Because of the sudden shock of what had just taken place with a tornado, many residents will forgot about turning off their utilities to prevent further damage. For example, Tornadoes can sever gas lines in your house, creating a major fire hazard. If you suspect gas line damage or smell any hint of gas, shut off the gas immediately! The same can be said for both water and water lines but also appliances and electrical circuit breakers. These types of things can not wait and be taken care of with the process of disaster recovery. Hernando residents should have their utilities taken care of because the last thing they want is more damage, more hardship, and more work to do.
Move on to Small Debris Clean Up.
While you wait for rescue crews and remediation teams later on, one of the things that you can get started on is the clean up of small debris around your home and property. By helping with the small stuff in and around your property, you can save a lot of time and possibly money from a company performing disaster recovery. Hernando residents should be aware that even though you might have insurance and coverage, not all insurance companies cover all aspects of a disaster. Do not try to remove any big damages because they can be used as insurance claims and also it usually can not be handled by one individual but rather a team.
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