Emergency isn't fun. Not even when things don't go as bad as it looks.
After a flood or a hurricane, heavy rainfall etc. the damage on our homes are sickening. The tiles are out, the windows are broken, the walls are dirty and sometimes they develop serious cracks that needs immediate fixing.
In such emergencies it is best to call for dedicated emergency cleanup contractor support rather than trying to do everything yourself. However, if the damage isn't much, or it is a repetitive thing that happens in every season then it is best to try the DIY method and sort out things at a cheaper cost.
Yes, even in such situations, one shouldn't take everything negatively. Perhaps you always wanted to build a pool or a backyard patio that you never actually build perhaps due to lack of space caused by your garden and trees. Chances are after the natural disaster, most of your backyard is already clean. Use that space to build something new.
2) First things first:
Open the doors and windows in your home so that air can freely pass through. Put the furniture and other similar movables outside in the sun to dry up.
3) Wait for the Insurance Checkup:
The last thing you want is your insurance guy causing further issues with claims - so just wait for the insurance to finish processing your claim. This can take time which is fine too, best to do this step properly.
4) Keep things safe and Dry:
Most things like towels, carpets, wallpapers, curtains, clothes etc. will catch mould when they stay wet for a long time.
It is best to keep these things outside the home, in a garage shed - preferably where it is clean and dry. Try to get some sunlight on them which will dry them up quickly.
5) Before restoring power:
Usually power lines can get affected after a flood and water might get into the electrical systems. It is best not to DIY it. Try to get a professional for restoring power and making sure all the electrical appliances are working properly.
6) Clean up safely:
Any disaster that is linked with water and rain usually leaves moulds. This is where you need to first take precautions. get some breathing masks on, use hand gloves and if you are allergenic to moulds or dusts, then it is best to hire someone and stay at a safe distance while the cleaning process is on the way - rather than risk serious health issues.
7) Get Professional support:
Natural disasters can be of many types and accordingly, one needs to plan for the cleanup.
FireDamage - Fire damage can leave strains but the water that is used to drown the fire leaves further issues.
Earthquake - This can cause damage in the very structure of your house including foundation, pillars, walls, roofs etc.
Floods - Floods can damage the structure of your building and along with it, since the water is going to get into your house and stay there for some time, additional damage might include furniture, flooring, wet walls etc.
Looking at the negatives after a natural calamity does not really help. Get insurance, start cleaning and fixing and plan better for the next time.