In recent years during tornado season, we’ve seen news reports of areas that have suffered devastating personal and material losses to tornadoes. In their most severe form, tornadoes can toss cars around like toys, uproot trees, damage homes and commercial buildings, and devastate entire communities.
Once the wind has died down and you’ve accounted for everyone’s safety, it’s time to inspect the aftermath and identify potential tornado damage at home.
Of course, you need to be sure it’s safe before you start inspecting your home. Ready.gov offers some general safety precautions that can prevent injury after a tornado and advice on entering a home that may have been damaged:
Take pictures of any damage and contact your insurance company promptly to report a claim. Most insurance companies suggest that, if necessary, you make temporary repairs — tasks like setting a tarp over a damaged roof or boarding up broken windows may prevent any additional damage to your home.
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