When disaster strikes, lives are suddenly turned upside down. Often, the hardest part is just knowing where to begin and who to contact for help. It is natural and normal to feel overwhelmed by all that has happened and the anticipation of what will follow. The key is to remain calm, ask smart questions and use common sense as you begin the recovery process.
By taking advantage of their skills and expertise, you are better able to take control of your situation and start putting your life back together. They will prepare you and help you answer many of the questions you have right now and some questions that may have not yet come to mind.
Soon this will all be just a memory. But the well-thought-out decisions that you make today and throughout this recovery process will determine the success of your family’s recovery. The opinions of the writers contained in this guide are intended to help disaster victims. We encourage you to become better informed about your rights and responsibilities by asking questions of your insurance agent, adjuster, and professional restorer.
Recovery from a fire, storm or another disaster can be physically and emotionally exhausting. It can be disorienting to some and devastating to others. When such a disastrous event occurs, victims’ lives can suddenly be turned upside down. Many victims feel distraught, lost, confused and helpless. The first steps to recovery are based on gaining one’s sense of control over the immediate situation. This process often begins with small steps.