Learning From Harvey and Preparing for Irma
Just two weeks ago, Harvey wreaked havoc on Texas and Louisiana. Now that Harvey has passed, communities are rebuilding. As those communities comes together, Floridians—and most of the East Coast—is preparing for monster Hurricane Irma. Irma has broken and continues to break records and it barrels towards Florida, leaving loss of life and property everywhere it passes.
You can learn from Harvey as you finish up your preparations for Hurricane Irma or begin to evacuate. After securing your property and your family, the most important thing to do is to take pictures.
Goldberg & Rosen has prepared a list of online and telephone resources to help you before, during and after the storm:
National Hurricane Center – Info on Hurricane Irma:
Florida real-time commuter information for those evacuating:
Florida Disaster Evacuation Zones and Maps:
Florida Disaster Shelter Program:
FEMA hurricane preparedness website:
FEMA contact information for emergency management agencies and offices:
FEMA evacuation guidelines:
Department of Transportation (DOT) Hurricane Harvey and Irma resources:
State of Florida Emergency Information 24-hour hotline (FEIL): 1-800-342-3557
State Volunteer and Donations Hotline: 1-800-FL-HELP1 (1-800-354-3571)
American Red Cross: 1-800-HELP-NOW (1-800-435-7669)
Florida Power and Light: 1-800-4-OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243)
Florida Department of Elder Affairs: 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337)
You can also report the illegal practice of price gouging by calling: 866-9-NO-SCAM or 1-866-966-7226.
Here are some tips to ensure a smooth recovery once the storm passes. These steps will also help ensure you are fully compensated for any water and wind damage claims that need to be made after the Hurricane:
- Take pictures of your home, both inside and outside. Be sure to get photographs of the walls, the roof, and all fixtures outside the home. These will be invaluable when your insurance company is fighting you at every turn to pay your claim. We can use the photographs as evidence to force your insurance company to pay your claim.
- Take pictures of all personal property inside the home, including valuables such as furniture and art.
- Take pictures of your vehicle and your vessel so that if they are damaged in the storm, we can use the photographs of evidence to get you compensated.
- Make sure to have a copy of all home, flood, auto, and vessel insurance
After the storm, scammers are everywhere, praying on people who are in need. Goldberg & Rosen can help you make sure that only licensed, bonded, and insured contractors are working on your home. You can also verify licenses of contractors in Florida online at http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/. Goldberg & Rosen also has licensed, quality professionals ready to help and have over 45 years of experience making insurance companies protecting their customers. We are home to some of the best hurricane damage claims lawyers Miami has to offer. Contact us today.
Once the storm passes, call Goldberg & Rosen at (888) 314-0906 to get the claim process started and let us help you rebuild.
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