Hurricane Matthew: What to do Next

Posted on Oct 09, 2016

The New York Times has reported that North Carolina received "record-breaking" flooding due to hurricane Matthew. Fox News stated that eight people have been declared dead in N.C. due to the storm. Hurricane Matthew claimed 18 in the U.S. and left 500 dead in Haiti. 

North Carolina experienced flooding, fallen trees, and power outages. 

According to Fox News, hurricane Matthew's winds calmed down when the storm reached the southeast. However, it is still considered one of the most powerful hurricanes on record, due to the longevity of the storm and its wind energy.

Many families are now trying to recover from their tragic losses. Several insurance claims will have to be made within the following weeks.  USA Today has reported several steps you should consider when dealing with your insurance company. These steps are as follows:

  1.  Report a claim as soon as possible.
  2. Write your claim number down.
  3. Keep records of everything in your home that needs repairing.
  4. Get an estimate of your damage from a contractor before you talk with an insurance adjuster.

The American Red Cross has also posted steps you could take when repairing your home. These tips offer advice for preventing damage when another hurricane comes.

When rebuilding you should consider these tips:

  1. Secure doors at the top and bottom.
  2. Strengthen garage doors to improve their wind resistance.
  3. Use storm shutters to protect windows.
  4. If you are replanting trees, consider replacing them with trees that do not uproot easily. A landscaping professional can provide expert advice.