Post-storm cleanup reminders for safety and security from Legal Shred.
When a terrible storm hits, it’s the aftermath that is the worst. Communities are left to rebuild what’s been damaged and destroyed; downed trees, damaged power lines, debris littering the streets, and houses and businesses are often left uninhabitable.
In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, we are reminded of the power of community. What we’ve seen is devastating at best; rising flood waters have obliterated farming communities, and many towns, particularly in the Carolinas, are engulfed from the after effects of the storm.
Disaster preparedness is a topic that may make some uncomfortable, but it is completely necessary, particularly for areas that are affected most by hurricane season.
Legal Shred is here to help those weather the aftermath of these storms.
After a hurricane, listen to local media for updates on cleanup efforts. Often times, post-storm cleanup crews will proceed from street to street, with emergency access roadways to be cleared first.
Once the storm subsides, hiring a professional service can help for a thorough cleanup, because they will know how to deal with water damage that is otherwise not visible.
With a heavy storm comes heavy rains, and inevitably flooding. If water comes into your home, seek a safe route out. Recover only what you can, but be careful of live wires and any other electrical work. Safety is paramount!
Avoid being scammed during hurricane recovery operations. Always ask to see relief workers’ identification. Legitimate service providers will not ask for personal information such as social security numbers, bank information, or any other identifying information.
If sensitive paperwork and documentation has been damaged by floods, do not toss it out on the curb for regular trash pick up. Despite water damage, identifying information can still be readable and put you at risk for identity theft. Legal Shred has special equipment to help you destroy waterlogged documents safely and securely as you recover from storm clean up. Be sure to gather these documents and keep them in a safe and secure location until it is time to shred.
Many documents can be replicated and replaced by issuing governments and facilities. Your health and safety matter most.
Here at Legal Shred, we care about our communities and their health and safety. Let us help ease the burden by keeping your identity safe. Call Legal Shred today for guidance and assistance on disaster cleanup.