After the Storm: Preparing for Hurricane Recovery

On May 1, 2019, Beaches Watch hosted a unique panel discussion to address the topic of how to navigate post-hurricane recovery.

With the start of hurricane season on June 1, citizens will begin to receive reminders about how to prepare for a possible hurricane landfall.  While that is important, with the hurricanes that have impacted our communities in the last several years, it is also important for citizens to prepare for after the storm passes. What do we do if the unthinkable happens—if a hurricane hits and we return to massive destruction?  Is there a guide for post-storm resurrection? Where does one even start to recover from significant hurricane damage?  Preparation for the aftermath goes beyond having insurance and supplies in a Tupperware container.

The moderated panel consisted of four participants with a wide variety of experiences: a FEMA representative from Washington, D.C., a director from the Florida Division of Consumer Services, a local insurance agent, and one Jacksonville Beach family who lost their home in Hurricane Matthew.

For more information, you can view the meeting handouts:

FEMA Flood Insurance Advocate Fact Sheet

How to File a Flood Insurance Claim

Where Do You Start With Your Hurricane Recover and Flood Damage

FEMA Who is Knocking at Your Door

Watch the meeting video here: