What to Do if a Tree Falls on Your House During a Storm

what to do if a tree falls on your house

In the event that a tree falls on your house during a storm, what do you do? While this might have never happened to you before, you never know when it will. You may not have ever experienced a house fire before, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t have a plan in place for if the event occurs. As such, you need the same for this kind of emergency. In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the things that you need to do if a tree falls on your home during a storm.  

Get Everyone Out Of Your House

The first thing that you are going to need to do is to get everyone out of the house. If there are people in the house when the tree falls on it then you are all in danger, and you now need to move as soon as possible. If you have children, go and check in their bedrooms to ensure that they have gotten out first. Then, check every other room in the house until everyone is outside and accounted for.

You never know if the tree is going to move, or if another tree is going to come down, so you need to get out for your own safety.

If there is someone stuck in the house and cannot get out, see if you can find a safe way to get them. If you can’t, then you need to call the emergency services and let them handle it if it is safe to leave them in the building for a little while. 

If a Tree Falls on the House Call 911

As soon as everyone is out of the house, you need to call 911. They will come straight to you as it will be classed as an emergency. The most important piece of advice that we can give you here is that you should never try to handle this alone, even if the branch looks small. This is especially important if you are thinking about attempting to climb up on the roof of the home in order to get to it. This is dangerous, specifically during a storm and you could end up getting yourself hurt if you’re not careful.

Just call 911, tell them what happened and they are going to send the appropriate responders to come and help you. They may send out someone to come and check that the home is safe for you to return to in terms of the electrics and so on or they may send the fire department depending on how bad the damage is.

Talk To Your Insurance Company

Next, you’re going to have to start dealing with things like calling the insurance. At the very least, they should cover the cost of moving the fallen tree as long as you have homeowners insurance. Of course, most people just have umbrella policies so it’s not possible to know what is and what isn’t covered. The only way to find out is to call insurance and speak to someone.

Speak To A Roofing Contractor

Now you need to speak to a roofing contractor about getting the roof repaired. Find someone online who has fantastic reviews and skills, and then get in touch with them. They will then be able to come out and give you a quote for how much it is going to cost to fix the roof. Ideally, you want to get around two or three quotes so that you can compare prices and see what you should be looking at roughly. This needs to be sorted ASAP though because you can’t really live in a house without a roof.

We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see what you should be doing if a tree falls on your home during a storm. These are the steps that you should be taking, other than the first one, you can do the rest in whatever order you feel is necessary. If you think there is something else that needs to be done, then by all means go ahead and do it. But, these are the most immediate things that you are going to need to do to get the ball rolling on getting everything sorted. We wish you the very best of luck, and now have a plan in place for when disaster strikes.

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