Recovering from a severe storm can be a long process. It may take days, weeks and even months to return to a place of normalcy. While you can’t control the weather, having a storm recovery checklist in place can minimize your losses and help you recover quickly. Be sure you don’t miss crucial storm recovery steps.

Step 1: Contact your Agent

Check with your agent to get your claim started. When it matters most, your agent is there to help you through the process so you can get back on your feet. Download the Farm Bureau Financial Services app so that your agent contact information is at your fingertips.

Step 2: Take Pictures

Document the damage with photos or video and make a detailed list of damaged or missing items. If you have recently done a home inventory, be sure to compare losses and damages with your inventory. These thorough records will assist when processing the claim.

Step 3: Keep Detailed Notes

  • Keep the details straight by taking notes and tracking your expenses.
  • List the names and numbers of people you speak with, like your agent, adjuster and contractor
  • Track expenses including lodging and repairs
  • Jot down questions you want to ask

Step 4: Grab your Tool Belt

If your home is uninhabitable, make temporary repairs to protect your property from further damage and keep your family safe. Be sure to document “before” and “after” photos and save the receipts from your repairs.

  • Secure broken windows
  • Remove broken tree limbs
  • Cover holes and leaks
  • Avoid downed power lines
  • Leave the big repairs to the professionals

Step 5: Work with your Claims Representative

Your claims representative is a resource during the claims and repair process. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. Together, you’ll determine:

  • Amount of damage
  • What needs to be repaired or replaced
  • The cost to make needed repairs

Step 6: Check out your Contractor

When it comes to selecting a contractor, keep these tips in mind:

  • Check their track record through your local Better Business Bureau, Home Builder's Association or adjuster
  • Ask for references
  • Document conversations and refer to your signed contract often

If you have storm damage, the first steps you take in the aftermath could have a big effect on how your claim is handled. Rest assured that your claim is a priority for us. While the process may be overwhelming, we hope our Storm Claims FAQ will answer any questions you may have. You can also keep in contact with your local Farm Bureau agent and claims representative until you get you back on your feet.