Following a disaster, it can be difficult to know what steps to take to move towards recovery. The basic normalcy of life comes crashing down and hardly anything remains the same. There is usually on an onslaught of resources that can be hard to follow, complex or complete scams. So what steps do you need to take to start down the right path?
Below are 3 first steps to take following the flood and a few other resources that might be helpful.
Contact your insurance company. It is important to contact all insurance companies (home and auto) first, even if you didn't have flood insurance. If you have any trouble working with your insurance company, contact the Hope Coalition with Operation Hope for assistance with insurance claims.
Register with FEMA. No matter how much the flood impacted you, you should register with FEMA. They have assistance for people who lost their homes, jobs, or were just evacuated for a little while. You can also register if you've had minimal flooding in your home or business. You have 60-days following the event to register for federal aid. Click herefor more information.
Register with 2-1-1 for assistance cleaning up your home or property. Larimer County residents who need help cleaning their homes and/or removing flood debris can now register for assistance. Many nonprofit organizations from across the United States are arriving in Larimer County to help with flood clean-up and recovery. United Way 2-1-1 will serve as the central registration point for clean-up assistance. Dial 2-1-1 or 970-407-7066 for more information.
Aside from those 3 steps, there are many other resources available to assist people after the flood. The following is a selection of resources that have been identified for people impacted by the flood:
Dial 2-1-1 or 970-407-7066 if you have a specific need or if you are uncertain of what's available. Also check out the 2-1-1 Relief and Recovery Guide for a complete listing of information on immediate and long term resources as well as steps to take during recovery.