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How Does FEMA Work
FEMA can help individuals recover after they have been impacted by a major natural disaster. If you live in an area that has been declared a disaster zone and have expenses not covered by your insurance, then you may be able to apply for and receive Disaster Assistance. There is a limited time to apply after a storm hits, so you need to know how this program works ahead of time and what it provides.
The Disaster Assistance program does not provide immediate relief, although there are some ways that the government can help you. For instance, FEMA can assist you in finding:
- Medical assistance
- Temporary shelter
- Trusted relief partners
If you have lost your home due to a presidentially declared disaster, FEMA can help you. Whether you are a renter or homeowner, the Disaster Assistance program can help cover any damage that your insurance company did not pay for. This includes structural damage, essential household items, vehicles, and storm clean up assistance. However, this only applies to your primary residence. This program will not pay for any damage caused to your secondary residence.
After you apply for assistance, the evaluation process will begin, starting with an onsite home inspection. After you report your damage, you will promptly be contacted to schedule your inspection. This visit will simply check for flood, wind, or other types of damage. If your damaged property was insured, you will need to submit a copy of your insurance settlement or denial before you can schedule your home inspection. After your inspection, the agency will decide if you need relief. If you qualify for assistance, you will receive a check or a direct deposit and a letter explaining how you are to use the money.
Dealing with flooding and other damages from a storm can be a stressful time. Fortunately, the Disaster Assistance program can provide immediate services and financial relief for your primary residence.
An Active Hurricane Season
THE NOAA is predicting around 13 to 19 named storms for the Atlantic this year. That being said the NOAA is predicting that there is a 60% chance for an above-normal hurricane season with a 30% chance that the hurricane season will be average.
With a possibility for an above-average hurricane season - we are here to remind you to reevaluate your Hurricane Preparedness Kits. When reevaluating your kit be sure to have a face mask and hand sanitizer to keep safe healthy practices in mind!
“Social distancing and other CDC guidance to keep you safe from COVID-19 may impact the disaster preparedness plan you had in place, including what is in your go-kit, evacuation routes, shelters and more. With tornado season at its peak, hurricane season around the corner, and flooding, earthquakes and wildfires a risk year-round, it is time to revise and adjust your emergency plan now.”
SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette is here to help you prepare for whatever happens!
Get Hurricane Ready
The 2020 hurricane season is predicted to be more active than that of previous years. It's important to know what to do before it hits to help prevent damage or loss to your property.
List of Supplies
- An emergency plan for your family
- 3 days supply of water
- 3 days supply of non perishable food for each person or pet
- First Aid Kit
- Battery powered radio or radio alert
- Portable power bank to charge cell phones
- Full tank of gas in your car
- Whistle to signal for help
How to Prepare Your Home
- Cover your windows with storm shutter or plywood
- Learn if you are in an area that floods, and how to properly sand bag your home
- Clean out your rain gutters
If you’ve already experienced flooding or storm damage, don’t hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette! We are always here to help.
Sump Pumps Can Fail and Cause Damage
If you have a sump pump, most the time you don't realize how important it is until it stops working. Power outages, failure and a sump pump that cannot handle the capacity are common problems. Avoid potential problems by doing routine inspections or replacing your old sump pump. Usually sump pumps should be replaced about 5 years or according to manufacturers guidelines and each year the sump, switch and float should be inspected as well. Pay attention to how often the sump pump is running and if it runs regularly or there is a higher water table, consider a sump pump with higher horsepower.
Another way to increase the pump's efficiency and prolong it's life is to clean your sump pit, remove any dirt, sand, gravel and other debris routinely. Ensure that the discharge line opening is free of obstructions so that water can be pumped through the line and out of your basement or crawlspace and also be aware in the winter the discharge line may freeze bringing the water back into your house. Regular checks can make sure you don't ever get surprised by your sump pump!
Protect Your Home During Summer Storms
Flooding in your home can happen at any time, but your home can be even more exposed to water damage when it rains. As we move into the summer, storm damage becomes more of a threat to your property. Follow these tips to help protect your home from water damage during the next storm.
- Modify your homes water valves. If the city's main sewer line gets backed up during a heavy rain storm, you could find yourself standing in a puddle. You may want to consider installing an interior or exterior backflow valve. Backflow valves prevent your water system from being contaminated from water flowing backwards into your supply lines.
- Clear gutter, drains, and downspouts. Clogged gutters and downspouts can end up in a messy flood. Take the time to clean them and clear them of any and all debris before the rain comes.
- Cover your air vents. One of the most common ways water finds its way into a home is through the home's air vents. If you know that heavy rain is in the forecast and that you are at risk of flooding, cover your air vents with thick plastic sheeting from both the outside and the inside.
- Check your sealant surrounding doors and windows. Make sure that any gaps or holes in the sealant surrounding the doors and windows are filled in. This will help stop rain water from finding its way into your home.
If water still manages to find a way into your home and you need assistance, give us call and we will be there to help!
Flood Damage? We Can Help!
The damage left behind by flash flooding and storms is among the most devastating a homeowner experiences. We are entering into the time of year where our area experiences pop-up severe thunderstorms that can dump a lot of rain water in just a few minutes.
Along with the excessive moisture, flood waters can bring severe loss from just a half an inch of water. When this happens, acting fast makes a huge difference in how much damage occurs to the furnishings and structure.
Groundwater can host a lot of contaminants in it, and anyone not wearing protective gear should avoid aspiration or contact with the water. Before groundwater enters a house, pick up items off the floor and move furnishings away from the room to another location in the house.
Drying Floor Types:
Depending on the type of flooring, different methods would apply when it comes to drying. Glued-down tile tends to lose adherence when it's exposed to water and may require removal, while ceramic and other types of inlaid tile fair better. The SERVPRO technicians use drying mats that they move frequently and evenly dry the floor in the case of hardwood flooring in the affected area. This method works to suction out moisture from the joints of the boards.
Disinfection and Deodorization:
After drying, hand cleaning and disinfection of all water-affected surfaces commence restoring the kitchen to its pre-flood loss condition. If any unpleasant odors remain after drying and cleaning, the technicians apply any necessary deodorization applications.
Fall Weather Woes
Fall is one of the best times of the year. With cooler temperatures, lower humidity, and less bugs, what’s not to love about this time of year? There are so many fun things to do like going to a pumpkin patch, taking a hayride, or just being outside and enjoying the weather. Sadly, the later fall months are also known for some weather issues.
October and November are still part of hurricane season. It seems sometimes as though, the tropics fire up during these times. With hurricanes moving onshore, this can cause heavy rainfall. This even happens in the areas not on the coast, as the storm moves up the state. It is very important to turn around and do not drive in water that is standing on the roadways. It only takes 6 inches of water to sweep away humans and animals.
Red, yellow, and orange leaves falling from trees are such a beautiful sight to see. The leaves can also be a hazard to drivers on the road. Leaves can hide important road markings, deep pot holes,, and can also create slick roadways. If you mix freezing temperatures to the mix, then your vehicle will have zero tracking, and it would be similar to driving on an icy road. Always give yourself plenty of room between you and the cards around you just in case anyone has to stop quickly.