For individuals returning to a home that has been damaged by a hurricane, the experience can be both emotionally devastating and physically harmful. Years of irreplaceable photos, heirlooms and other belongings may be permanently destroyed. In terms of physical danger, there are many risks facing a homeowner such as electrocution, explosion due to the ignition of leaking fuel, collapse of remaining structural components, and other hazards.
Given these dangers, tremendous care must be taken when returning to a hurricane damaged home. This FEMA link provides excellent information on how to protect oneself from the dangers of storm-damaged homes.
Rebuilding After the Storm
When repairing or rebuilding after a storm there are a number of steps homeowners can take to strengthen their homes against future disasters. The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, FLASH, Inc. outlines key construction techniques that can significantly reduce a home’s risk to wind and water damage and may qualify a homeowner for insurance incentives.