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After A DisasterCleaning Your Home After a Fire or Storm

After your insurance company representative has assessed the damage, you need to make a decision regarding the cleaning of your home and possessions.

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Documenting Fire and Storm Damage

If possible, document the internal and external damage ASAP. Talk with recovery officials regarding safety issues you should be aware of - safety first! - as well as key areas/items you should take pictures of.

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Home Repair and Renovation Steps to Follow

Follow these steps to make sure your post-disaster restoration or rebuilding project is done right the first time.

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Home Safety After a Disaster

What to know about utility service after a disaster.

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How to Choose a Contractor or Restorer

Hiring a contractor or a restorer can be costly, but professionals may be the best way to remove water and mold and get the job done right. Plus, professional restorers can provide helpful hints to prevent further damage.

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Moving Back Home After a Disaster

While it's very difficult to do, think of this as an extremely extended camping trip as you cope over the next few weeks and months.

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Rebuilding and Renovating a Damaged Home

Any form of construction can be a lengthy process. Here are some tips to get started.

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Replacing Valuable Documents

Here is contact information for replacing documents and records that have been damaged, destroyed or lost.

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Safely Reentering an Evacuated Home

Be safe, be smart. If you've been displaced, all you may be able to think about is getting back home. Wait!

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Securing a Damaged Home

Here's what to do to safeguard your home after a storm or disaster.

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Spotting and Documenting Storm Damage

Just had a storm blow through your town? Here Stephen Hadhazi, a public insurance adjuster and publisher of DocuDamage.com, an educational consumer website, offers his top tips on how to spot and document storm damage.

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Be Prepared5 Easy Home Emergency Preparedness Tips

Here's a list of five, easy emergency preparedness tips, direct from experts and people who have experienced a natural disaster first-hand.

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Buying a Home Safe

You are looking for a way to protect your possessions and have decided to buy a safe. But what kind of safe should you buy?

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Create a Home Emergency Exit Plan

Take time now to create an emergency evacuation plan to employ in the event of a fire, disaster or other emergency. 

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Create a Home Inventory List

Is this hard to do? Not at all. But if a disaster occurs, you'll wish you had done it.

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Create an Emergency Entertainment Kit

Keep kids busy in an emergency with these simple ideas.

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DIY at Home Safety Smarts

Whether you're undertaking a huge renovation project or just hammering in a nail, it's better to be safe than sorry.

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Home Generator Safety

While home generators are handy for backup electricity in case of an outage, there are hazards to be aware of.

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Home Grab-and-Go Kit

If you were forced to evacuate your home and you only had three minutes, what would you grab? Make it easier on yourself by creating a Grab-and-Go kit packed with all the most important possessions and vital items for you and your family.

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Home Inspection Tips

Chances are, when you bought your last home, you hired a company to conduct a home inspection. But have you thought of having an expert inspect your home after you've lived there for awhile?

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Home Office Organizing Tips

Taxes, filing, inventories...sometimes you need to organize before you can start organizing!!

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How to Display Your House Number

Don't hide your house! Know where to place your house number so it's visible.

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Mobile Homes Disaster Preparedness Tips

If you're one of the 22 million Americans that call a mobile or manufactured home "home," you're aware how important disaster preparedness is. In 2008, 45% of tornado-related deaths were people living in mobile homes.

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Sample Home Inventory Lists Helpful Reminders

These forms may help you remember what was in your home. This will be crucial in the event of a theft, natural disaster or fire.

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What to Do If the Power Fails

Here are some helpful tips and suggestions about fires and the use of fire extinguishers. Need more? Talk to your local fire and police officials about safety training programs in your area. Remember - be safe and be smart.

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What to Know About NOAA Weather Radio

Information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) about NOAA Weather Radio.

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What To Know When You're a Renter

If you're planning to rent, here are some things to consider and do before and after you sign the lease — and in case of a disaster.

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Fire4 Fast Facts About Fire

The United States Fire Administration (USFA), a division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), believes that fire deaths can be reduced by teaching people the basic facts about fire. Below are some simple facts from the USFA .

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After a Fire Common Homeowner Mistakes

In the aftermath of a house fire, most homeowners are too distraught to think clearly about what to do next such as secure the property, remove important documents and notify the mortgage company.

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After a Fire Questions You May Be Asked

After the fire, you may have a meeting or interview with a fire chief, fire marshal and/or arson investigator. This helps the fire department decide the cause of the fire, which may also impact your insurance claim.

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Apartment Fires What You Should Know

This list accompanies Help – House Fire. [WHN page link TK] Be sure to read that as well as the following tips.

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Backyard Fire Pit Safety Tips

Sitting around a fire is an American summer past time we hold dear to our hearts. However, not all of us can escape to the woods for the true campfire experience. Backyard fire pits are becoming a popular alternative to camp fires.

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BBQ Safety Tips

Grilling is an American favorite. But if you're not careful, it can be a fire hazard. Read through these safety tips from the Home Safety Council.

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Campfire Safety 101

Toasting marshmallows and roasting hotdogs over a crackling campfire is one of the most popular American summer activities. Be safe and follow these tips.

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Emergency Window Decals Why NOT to Use Them

Do you have fire decals on your windows? Interestingly, nearly all modern fire departments around the country do not recommend using them. Here are some reasons from the National Fire Prevention Association.

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Fire Safety Questions and Answers

What to know before a fire.

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Kids and Fire Safety

Getting kids involved in fire safety is important…and often not the first thing kids want to do when they could be playing with friends. Here are some tips to get your kids input on family fire safety.

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Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

According to FreeMD, carbon monoxide is the leading cause of death by poisoning in the United States. Learn how to avoid becoming one of those numbers.

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Quick Fire Preparedness Tips

We've found we've found several blogs where people have said that their own home took only 5-10 minutes to burn. Whether you have 5 minutes or all afternoon, here are quick tasks could save you from a financial heartache down the road.

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Smoke Alarm Safety Guidelines

Over 90 percent of U.S. homes have at least one smoke alarm, according to the United States Fire Administration (USFA). Here are some tips from their site.

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Testing GFCI Electrical Outlets

Here's what you need to know about GFCIs.

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Top 10 Cooking Safety Tips

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S. It is also the leading cause of home fire injuries. Educate yourself now on fire prevention and what to do if a fire does occur.

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Using a Fire Extinguisher

Here are some helpful tips and suggestions about fires and the use of fire extinguishers. Need more? Talk to your local fire and police officials about safety training programs in your area. Remember - be safe and be smart.

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What Firefighters Do

Fire fighting is no easy task. Here are some basics about these truly heroic people.

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Wildfires What Homeowners Need to Know

The more you know and understand about the causes of wildfires, the better you can protect yourself, your family and your home from wildfire loss and injury.

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