Category: Recovery Tips

Turn off Natural Gas

How do I shut off gas at the meter?

If you had an emergency occur at your home, right now, would you know how to shut off your natural gas meter or propane tank? Consider a practice run before you need to do it!  Check out these helpful videos to learn how, and then try it for yourself at your home: Videos on How…..

READ MORE »Posted on August 11th, 2012 in category: Preparedness Tips, Recovery Tips


Why does my house still smell like smoke?

Here is a noteworthy fire restoration tip… After a localized disaster like a kitchen fire, an entire home can become charged with smoke.  One area that is often overlooked is the duct work and heating system.  It is always a good idea after a fire to have the ducts and heating system inspected, cleaned, and…..

READ MORE »Posted on July 27th, 2012 in category: Recovery Tips


Windsor, Colorado. May 24, 2008 --Famers Moble Claims center rolled in at 3am on Friday and started prosessing claims. The buse is three months old and has alrady been to 15 tornados. Photo: Michael Rieger/FEMA

Are You Creating an Insurance Inventory? Don’t Fake It!

When you are in the process of creating an inventory of your personal property, be sure to be honest about what you are claiming as lost, damaged, or destroyed.  The National Insurance Crime Bureau warns if an insurance company determines that a fraud is committed on a portion of an insurance claim, they could deny…..

READ MORE »Posted on July 22nd, 2012 in category: Insurance, Recovery Tips


hazardous materials

Hazardous Material Concerns After A Disaster

During a disaster, hazardous materials like chlorine bleach, ammonia, detergents, asbestos and lead based paint can become disturbed and cause contamination. If this happens, steps must be taken to contain and abate the affected areas in order to ensure your health and safety, as well as the environment. Following are a few hot points to…..

READ MORE »Posted on April 15th, 2012 in category: Recovery Tips


The Red Guide to Recovery

Avoiding Disaster Scams

The following information is a segment taken from Chapter 14: Avoiding Disaster Scams from The Red Guide to Recovery – Resource Handbook for Disaster Survivors. Five Tricks of a Con Artist After a disaster, con artists often canvass neighborhoods looking for opportunities to take advantage of the survivors.  Here are five ways that scam artists…..

READ MORE »Posted on December 13th, 2011 in category: Recovery Tips


Can common household products be dangerous?

Yes, when used or stored improperly, many common household chemicals can be highly toxic.  The Red Guide to Recovery website is host to hundreds of links to websites with important information you should know now.  See our page on Health Hazards to find what you need to know about common household chemicals, what chemical mixtures…..

READ MORE »Posted on October 30th, 2011 in category: Recovery Tips