Hurricane-force winds can literally flatten a home, while flooding can leave it severely damaged by mud and debris, and contaminated by filthy, unsanitary water. Even if the home is repairable, it may be impossible to eliminate mold, which can lead to serious health issues.
When beginning the hurricane damage restoration process, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Here’s a brief overview on what to do when your home has been damaged by a storm.
You may be tempted to begin the flood damage restoration process on your own, but this isn’t always the best option. Enlist your friends and family to help you. Reach out to your community to connect with people who have also been affected by the storm. Forming bonds with other members of the rebuilding community can go a long way in healing the emotional wounds and property damage caused by the disaster.
Before returning home to begin the water damage restoration process, make sure it’s safe to do so. We recommend reviewing your insurance policy to find out whether you have coverage for a professional to assess potential dangers. If not, and you can afford to hire someone, we strongly recommend you do so before beginning repairs. Exposed electric lines, broken glass and unstable framing are only a few of the dangers that be present when you return.
Once your home has been cleared for entry by a professional, you’ll want to document any and all storm damages. Photograph and write extensive notes about everything that has been affected. This will help you as you work with your insurance company to move forward with repairs.
The next step you’ll want to take after ensuring your safety and documenting damage is contacting your insurance company to have an adjuster dispatched to your home. If your insurer isn’t able to pay for the full scope of repair work, you’ll want to reach out to FEMA — the Federal Emergency Management Agency — to find out whether you can obtain assistance. Here’s a link to an application for assistance on the FEMA website, which provides a list of materials you’ll need in order to complete it.
Westchester Modular Homes is more than an organization that builds affordable modular homes for individuals and families in the New York City metropolitan area. We’re an employee-owned company that cares deeply about informing the members of our community about how to best prepare and cope for disaster.
Westchester Modular customers throughout the Jersey Shore and Breezy Point areas that were directly affected by Hurricane Sandy were eager to share photos and testimonials on how they fared during the storm. We greatly appreciate all the positive feedback we have received from our customers and our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of those who were affected by the storm.
Michael and Allison's home was built by Westchester Modular and Phoenix Industries
Michael and Allison are working with Westchester Modular and Tony Guillaro of Phoenix Industries to rebuild their home after it was damaged during Hurricane Sandy. Michael is a Long Beach fireman and Allison is a doctor in a local hospital. The home was still standing, but the inside was under 5 feet of water. They lost everything.
A friend of theirs recommended Westchester Modular Homes. They contacted Tony Guillaro in late January, and they will be in their new home by Memorial Day.
The speed and quality of construction has really impressed them.
Here are some quotes from Michael:
"We were referred to Westchester Modular by a friend of the family. We decided to build a modular home because the time frame getting back into the house was faster than a typical stick-built home. The process so far has been great. Alfie from the factory drew up the plans, and Tony our builder have been great.
We toured the factory, and we were very impressed. It was clean and efficient -- like a production line from start to finish -- everything moves along.
We looked up the floor plans on the website -- the ideas we had together worked. Alfie fine tuned them to fit on our lot size. It has taken us about one month to get our plans and sign the contract. We have been very pleased working with Westchester Modular and Tony Guillaro."
Follow along on our Facebook page to see how the project is progressing from the demo of the existing home to the construction and completion of their new home.
Read more about this in an article on our News & Events page titled Long Beach Homeowners Struggle to Pay for House-raising
In October, we lost our home to Hurricane Sandy in Brick, New Jersey, and we began searching for a way to replace it. We looked at several modular companies because we liked the concept of modular construction. We knew by building modular that our home would be built faster and stronger than traditional stick building. It was very important to both my wife and myself that we could move into our new home by spring.
After we contacted Westchester Modular, we were referred to Southview Modular Homes in New Jersey. Southview was very responsive in keeping in touch with us. They emailed their pricing and specs to us very quickly. They were very pro-active, and we were impressed with their level of service.
Although we looked at several modular manufacturers, we choose Westchester Modular because of their reputation for high quality. Also, their designs were absolutely gorgeous, as opposed to "basic boxes" that the other companies were showing us. Westchester Modular was definitely heads and shoulders above anything else on the market. We're looking forward to moving in our new home by Memorial Day.
We built a Westchester home in 2001. We were hit hard by Sandy, but our house survived much better than any other house around us. Westchester and Classic Fabrications/Guido Construction did a wonderful job.