A Florida property attorney has revealed tips to help you deal with the aftermath of a ‘monstrous’ storm as the Sunshine State is hit by ‘monstrous’ Hurricane Ian.
Kailey, a property attorney in Florida who represents homeowners who have claims against their insurance company for any form of property damage, usually caused by a storm, shared tips with her fellow residents whose lives could well be upended by Hurricane Ian, a category four storm that has just hit the southwestern tip of the state. .
The hurricane has prompted mandatory evacuations for more than 300,000 people in the Tampa Bay area and has resulted in many native Floridians, like Kailey, sharing their tips to TikTok to help save both their lives and homes.
Dozens of homes are already underwater and more damage is expected to be done before the storm moves on – prompting Kailey to share some basic tips and tricks for what to do if your home is one of the many that bear the brunt of the horrific hurricane.
Kailey, a property attorney in Florida, has revealed helpful home tips to deal with the aftermath of home damage caused by Hurricane Ian
Ian strengthened from a tropical storm to a category one hurricane early Monday, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has warned it could soon reach a category five
Kailey recommends Floridians store images of their property before the storm and take photos of any damage done to their homes for their insurance company before attempting any repairs
The attorney begins her video by sharing that she mostly handles ‘roof claims’, before first recommending that homeowners go outside and take photos of their property, if they have the ability to do so safely.
Weathering the storm: What to do if your home is damaged by Hurricane Ian
- If your home is damaged as result of Hurricane Ian, the property attorney has advised residents to photograph all of their damages prior to attempting repair efforts
- She recommends Floridians send the photos to their insurance company as well any other documents they require to file a claim
- Residents should contact a local FEMA representative to help them with repairs, meals for their families and temporary housing
She then explains that anything outside should be brought into your home.
‘Anything that is light enough for you to pick up, if it’s outside, bring it inside,’ she advises.
‘If its light enough for you to pick it up, it would also be light enough for winds to pick it up and those can become projectiles and damage your or someone else’s property.’
Kailey then urged anyone whose home is damaged as a result of the storm to take photos of the property – before attempting any repairs or clean-up efforts themselves.
She warns that no one should ‘get up on their actual roof’ to take photos of their home and advises everyone stay safe, but notes that you should take as many photos as you can.
Lastly, Kailey recommends property owners review their insurance policies to ensure their insurance covers damages from the storm and advises you always keep a copy of your insurance policy with you.
She adds that you should contact your insurance company immediately after the storm when seeking coverage and be prepared to provide any documents they require, including the before and after photos of your home.
If your home is damaged as a result of the storm, you should make sure to take photos of the damages prior to beginning clean up and repair efforts.
Hurricane Ian has prompted mandatory evacuations for over 300,000 people in Tampa Bay and has resulted in traffic jams across I75 as residents evacuate their homes ahead of Ian
After Floridians prepared their homes for the hurricane and evacuated, Kailey shared her tips to help you remain calm despite the damages
Hurricane Ian was expected to hit Florida midweek, either late Wednesday night or Thursday morning, and bring with it 130 mph winds; however it made landfall early Wednesday
Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency across Florida on Saturday. He is pictured with Kevin Guthrie, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, during a news conference on Monday
Next, you should inform your claims specialist of any mitigation actions you may take and complete temporary repairs to prevent additional damages.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA provides assistance to victims of storm damage.
FEMA can provide temporary housing, help with repairs and even meals for your family as well as helping you file your insurance claims.
Oftentimes during a life-threatening hurricane such as Hurricane Ian, a FEMA representative will be traveling through your area to assess damages and help those in need.
During this time, you should make sure to speak to your local representative for assistance.
Prior to evacuating, other Floridians came forward to share their helpful home tips on the social media platform as The National Hurricane Center warned Hurricane Ian will result in ‘life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic winds and flooding in the Florida Peninsula.’
Florida native Matt Miller shared a video of his furniture inside his backyard pool as many on the video-sharing app have advised others to throw their furniture into their pool.
Another user who goes by Annalise, documented herself installing metal hurricane shutters to her windows to prepare.
Lauren, a woman who is new to the Florida area, took to TikTok to reveal she would be staying put despite the evacuation order.
In a viral video, she shared that her and her husband had placed their patio furniture inside their pool, had lowered pool levels and had boarded their windows with wood since they weren’t able to find hurricane shutters in time.
Hurricane Ian is said to be one of the most deadly and destructive storms and with the sunshine state’s population skyrocketing in recent years, many will be facing the detrimental effects of the deadly storm.
Hurricane Ian is said to be one of the most destructive storms and with the Florida’s population skyrocketing in recently, many will be facing the detrimental effects of the deadly storm
Prior to laying its sights on the sunshine state, Hurricane Ian left Cuba in shatters when it barreled through the coast
On Monday, officials carried out evacuations to Cuba to prepare for the deadly storm and on Tuesday residents faced the detrimental effects
Hurricane Ian cut power to over one million Cuba residents as telephone poles and other wires crashed down as a result of the strong winds
At a time when population growth has slowed, Florida has defied the odds and has seen multiple cities experience its population burst.
According to the United States Census Bureau, no eastern city with at least 50,000 residents has grown faster than Fort Myers.
In 2021, nearly 221,000 Americans relocated to Florida – an average of over 600 people each day – and more than any other state in the country.
However, the population boom in hurricane-prone Florida means more damage from hurricanes, which have become the costliest natural disaster, according to the Office for Coastal Management.
According to an estimate released earlier this week by CoreLogic, a property analytics firm, over one million home are in Hurricane Ian’s path.
In addition to the thousands of lives that may be lost, the estimate revealed the reconstruction value could total at over $258 billion.
Prior to laying its sights on the sunshine state, Hurricane Ian left Cuba in shatters when it barreled through the coast causing the destruction of property, buildings and resulting in the deaths of residents.
On Monday, officials carried out evacuations to Cuba to prepare for the deadly storm.
Hurricane Ian cut power to over one million Cuba residents as telephone poles and other wires crashed down as a result of the strong winds.