If there’s a few things Eastern NC learned after the destruction due to Hurricane Florence, it’s how to bounce back. Members of each community chipped in to help those who didn’t have the resources, and countless organizations stepped in to distribute food and supplies. There are still many that are dealing with the repercussions, but for the most part- We have come back closer and stronger than ever. Here are a few tips we learned throughout the last year that we hopefully won’t have to use again for a long time.
- Tarps are crucial. A lot of homes were damaged from high winds and rain water pounding on the roof. If you can effectively place tarps over the affected areas, it can buy you some time before you hire a crew for a full or partial replacement.
- Know before you go. A few areas were cut off for a period of time due to high flood water over streets. It’s important to have a firm understanding of how deep the water is, and whether or not there’s any fallen debris that might get you stuck on your way home.
- Choose your contractors wisely. It’s important to make sure that any projects that aren’t possible for you to tackle are licensed and insured for the job they’re hired to do. Whenever possible, make sure you contact friends and/or past clients to gather their experiences.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If there’s something that you need assistance taking care of, be sure to ask a friend, family member, or neighbor to help you out. Don’t overwork yourself and risk getting hurt just to get the job done. There are usually plenty of people around that are willing to help you out.