We know that when a disaster hits, most of us don’t know what to do because we’ve never experienced something like that first hand. If you are in the region of the midwest recently impacted by storms, our Domestic Team has put together some tips for next steps.

We are committed to Greenfield to finish here. There are 4 to 6 more houses come down in a number of basements. We’ve talked about Spencer and Sioux Rapids, but it’s going to be a while before the water recedes and they’re able to do anything, so right now we have started the discussion, we just don’t know what that looks like yet. GoServ Global Domestic has been out since April 29 doing tornado cleanup. 

Can we offer just a bit of advice if you could potentially be affected by the flooding?

From Barb Meister
1) start taking pictures of everything thing in your house. Furniture, clothing, Open cupboards and drawers. Everything.
2)obviously find your important papers, sentiments, jewelry and get them to someone you trust
3) call your insurance company and tell them you may be or have been impacted
4) DO NOT remove or throw stuff away until you have photographed it or it has been seen by your insurance company.
5)please when water subsides only allow people you know or trust on the property. This sounds mean I know, just trust me.
6)this is going to be past emotional. Give yourself time to process. You won’t get everything done in a day. This will be a long process. Take time for yourself.
7) Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions. This is going to take months of cleanup. Patience and understanding will be paramount. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Most of all, take care of yourselves.

From Dennis Anderson
For those impacted by the flooding in NW Iowa. One more piece of advice, be cautious about pumping out basements to quickly. The hydraulic pressure on the outside of the walls might be equalized by the water in your basement. Pumping it out to quickly may lead to compromising your foundation. Seek advice from a professional.