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What to Do If Your House Is Damaged By a Tornado

After storm damage house in Greater Oklahoma City Area

Seeing a tornado ravage your property is a terrifying sight, but you can’t let fear consume you when you’re facing the aftermath. Once the tornado has run its course, the difficult part truly begins. Fortunately, homeowners in the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma area can count on help from the experienced professionals at Advanced Restorers. We know that you need to keep a strong presence of mind while recovering from the disaster. A lot of tornado victims make the mistake of worrying or panicking too much after severe weather and can't help but wonder what to do next. To ensure that you don’t end up with the same fate, remember the following guidelines, so you have a better chance of fully recovering from a tornado:

Safety is Your Top Priority

You must remember to remain calm. Working with a clear head and a responsive body makes things much easier. Once you’ve collected yourself, gather your family members and remain in a safe area. Staying safe has to be your top priority, so look for a location that’s free of clutter and debris.

Call for Emergency Medical Assistance

It’s possible that you or someone you know could be injured during the storm. If the injuries and wounds are minor, administer first aid. If you’re licensed or trained to perform CPR, do whatever you can to help tornado victims with more acute injuries and pressing medical needs. But if a victim is severely injured or buried under a pile of rubble, don’t attempt to move the victim. Instead, call for help. Moving the victim in his/her delicate state could potentially make his/her injuries worse. In this situation, let professional medical personnel treat the victim. They’re trained to properly remove severely injured individuals out of harm’s way and bring them to emergency care.

Report the Damage to Your Insurance Provider

Contact your insurance provider soon after the tornado has passed and file an insurance claim. Many insurance companies give their clients a limited time to file a claim, so don’t delay action. During your conversation with your provider, you need to be prepared to discuss the extent of the damage you’ve suffered. You’ll also have to ask the following questions to ensure that you’re getting the right coverage and assistance:

  • Will someone come out and inspect the damage?
  • Do I need to provide any documentation or photographic proof of the damage from the tornado?
  • When will they follow up with me?

Reporting your situation quickly and providing adequate detail gives you a better chance of having your claim addressed ASAP.

Stay Away From Your Damaged Property

Re-entering your damaged home once the tornado has passed is never a good idea. Even when you’re speaking to your insurance provider, it’s best not to walk through your home to inspect the damage. Your home could have exposed electrical wires and outlets that could electrocute you. Damaged areas may be unstable and could collapse on your without warning and cause injury. It is best to wait to return to your property when a professional restoration contractor tells you it is safe to do so.

Have Your Home Professionally Restored

Restoring your devastated property to its original condition is challenging. You can’t handle this task alone, especially when there is a lot of damage and debris. Hiring a professional restoration contractor to handle the calamity makes things easier for you. The experts are well-equipped and trained to repair all damages and get your home back to how it looked and functioned before the storm.

Count on Advanced Restoration to Help You Recover from Tornado Damage

When you need a professional restoration contractor in the Greater Oklahoma City area, then you need to look no farther than Advanced Restoration. Our professional storm damage restoration service will get you out of your predicament quickly, efficiently and without any mistakes or delays. We can also help you file an insurance claim to expedite the process. Contact us online or give us a call at 405-276-4542 for a free inspection and estimate. Our service representatives will be happy to answer any of your questions.