The recent flooding disasters in our State and the heroic rescue efforts of our first responders and neighbors reminds us of the strength of our communities in times of crisis. While Louisianan’s are extremely resilient in the face of crisis, we should also be mindful of these important guidelines for staying safe.
Officials recommend the following ways to stay safe and optimize the efficiency of utilities during this time: if your home was flooded or floodwaters were close to the home, use caution when reentering. Turn the electricity and gas off before returning into the home, and do not use any electronic appliances which may have been submerged until they have dried.
If any structural concerns are suspected, as is often the case when waters rise, residents are advised not to enter the home until a licensed professional has assisted in a home inspection. As cleanup begins, residents are asked to keep debris, including furniture, appliances and construction materials, out of ditches.
Insurance Claims and Uninsured Losses
Regarding personal property, residents should also make contact with their insurance provider as soon as possible and follow all instructions from the carrier to ensure full compliance with their procedures. Residents are encouraged to take photographs of all damage to property as well as keep receipts for any expenditures. Be sure to take photographs and document all damages you plan to claim as an uninsured loss on your federal tax returns.
Protect Your Identity
Parish officials urge all residents against sharing any personal details, including social security numbers, with individuals claiming to represent FEMA or other federal, state or local agencies.