While one day everything is fine with your business, the next day could be something entirely different should a storm pass through your area. If it does and your business is hit with damage caused by high winds, hail, or other forces of Mother Nature, it is imperative you know the steps you should take immediately. To ensure all goes well for you and your business following a storm, put these steps into place at once.
Photograph the Damage
As soon as it is safe to do so, always photograph the damage done to your business. Since you will need proof of the damage to ensure your insurance company will compensate you for the amount you deserve, always have evidence of the damage you sustained.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Along with having the photos of the damage to your business, contact your insurance company as quickly as possible to get the claims process going for your business. By doing so, an adjustor can come to your location, assess the damage, and determine how much compensation you will need for standing seam roofing.
Make Safety a Priority
Depending on the extent of damage your business suffered, try to create an environment in and around your business that is as safe as possible for your employees and customers. For example, if your business is able to remain open, try to ensure all broken glass and other sharp objects are picked up. Also, it is best to contact a damage restoration company to make arrangements to get your business up and running again.
Inquire about Disaster Assistance
Along with getting financial assistance from your insurance company, you should also try to find out as much as possible about whether or not your business would be eligible for federal disaster relief from such agencies as FEMA. In many cases, businesses that sustain storm damage are eligible for low-interest loans and even grants.
Start Right Away
Finally, although you are certainly upset at what happened to your business, try not to procrastinate about getting the cleanup and financial process started. The longer you delay, the harder it may be to get the help you will need from your insurance company and government agencies.
Though having significant storm damage can greatly impact even the strongest of businesses, taking charge of the situation and knowing the immediate steps to take can make the process of rebuilding much easier and far less stressful.