Finding Stability After Hurricane Harvey

  • Posted on Monday October 2, 2017
  • 3 Min Read

As a Category 4 hurricane, Harvey’s winds reached 130 miles per hour when it made landfall. For the next few days, the winds calmed a bit, but the storm dumped 24.5 trillion gallons of rain on southeastern Texas as it moved inland. The floods may be subsiding in some areas, but thousands are still left without homes and continue to live in shelters for the time being.

Hurricane Harvey also affected us at Devon Self Storage in Seabrook, TX, as well as many of our customers in the Houston suburb and beyond. Our hearts go out to those who were affected by the storm and are still looking to get back to their normal lives. We’d like to share some ways to help you get back on your feet following this devastating hurricane.

What to Do After Hurricane Harvey

If your home was affected by the storm, it’s important to protect it from further damage. Remove wet carpeting and drywall to stop mold from developing or spreading. Put up tarps to keep out the rain where the wind has caused openings in the roof or the walls. For insurance purposes, remember to document all of the damage before you start the cleanup process.

Before you submit a claim to your insurance company, request a copy of your policy to learn about your rights and obligations. If necessary, talk with a professional who can help you understand what your insurance policy does and doesn’t cover. Furthermore, if you’re talking with a contractor about repairs, don’t sign a contract for nonemergency services until you’ve agreed on an estimate with your insurance company.

Hurricane Recovery and Disaster Assistance

Disaster assistance is in place for those who are in need of housing, food, clothing, and more after Harvey. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance has programs available to help people with counseling, legal services, and more. To streamline the process, disasterassitance.gov has CFDA numbers listed on their website to make it easier to find more information about the programs.

Bouncing Back in Seabrook, TX

Hurricane Harvey may have left devastation in its path, but the people in our area are making the most of this situation by working together and helping out in the community. We also want to help however we can, with hurricane recovery for those who rent our storage units, in addition to the many other residents affected by Harvey’s damage. Please reach out to us if there’s anything that we can do to help you during this time.

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