Tornado Clean Up Tips after Storm Hits Hattiesburg, MS
In the aftermath of the tornado that recently hit Hattiesburg, Mississippi, there are many people faced with debris, insurance claims, and even personal injuries. No doubt, there are probably many people asking the question “What do I do next?” There are several important steps to take now that the storm has passed, and cleanup has begun. Disposal of debris and property repair are most likely a major concern.
Regarding damaged or destroyed property, this article outlines a few steps to take such as taking inventory of damaged items and documenting the damage; making only temporary repairs; and contacting your insurer as soon as possible, but be prepared to negotiate.
No matter where you live, the type of debris you will encounter will be much the same: damaged buildings, downed trees, building materials, and household and other types of hazardous waste. Some states, cities, and counties have particular issues about where debris can be stored. Those affected by the tornado should check with their state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) or equivalent or FEMA for information on where debris may be stored. Remember, your main goal is to regain your sense of normalcy while doing so within the guidelines set by each state or federal agency.
When cleaning up debris, pay special attention to not that the following types of debris may require “special disposal” such as:
• Pool chemicals
• Automobile batteries
• PVC pipe
• Explosives (ammunition, re-loading equipment, black powder, military ordinance, fireworks)
• Fuel containers, metal or plastic
• Pressurized gas cylinders/tanks (propane tanks, acetylene tanks, refrigerant containers)
• Containers of petroleum based liquids, solvents, chemicals, etc.
• Large household appliances (refrigerators, freezers, stoves, washers, dryers, etc.)
• Off-road, gas-powered equipment (lawn mowers, tractors, edgers, leaf blowers and other lawn equipment, chainsaws, 4-wheelers, etc.
• Lawn and garden supplies (fertilizers, pesticides, etc.)
• Radioactive waste
• Industrial/commercial hazardous waste
• Medical waste
• Electrical transformers
If your property was damaged beyond repair, or it is in fact less expensive to start over than rebuild, be sure to check out our article “10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Demolition Contractor.” In that article we discuss what you should ask, as well as provide tips on finding the most qualified, certified, demolition contractors. Unfortunately there are some people that will offer all kinds of cleanup after natural disaster situations that aren’t really there to help, but are there to “take your money and run.”
For more information about Rhino Demo, the Southeast’s premier demolition contractos, please visit www.RhinoDemo.com.