WHY? Good documentation after an emergency is important!

✔ It will provide proof of loss for insurance claims and disaster relief assistance.

✔ It will help you figure out cleanup and salvage priorities.

✔ It will be useful for potential legal action.

 To record damages, use a digital camera instead of a cell phone to save your phone’s battery charge if power is out

Art Studio Damage Assessment and Reporting

Mixed media artist Gregory Warmack (a.ka. Mr. Imagination) surveys the 2008 fire damage at his Bethlehem, PA home and studio. (photo credit: Greg Heller-Labelle)

1. Assemble and put on protective gear, and never work alone.

2. Photograph or videotape the damage.

After a major disaster, record overall conditions and typical examples of problems.

After a small-scale disaster, record overall conditions and individual items.

3. Make a rough estimate of the nature and severity of the damage to the building and contents based on the scale of the disaster. Note this information in your assessment:

Nature of damage: Structural, water, mold, corrosion, fire damage

Severity of damage: Severe, moderate, minor

4. Handle materials and objects as little as possible during your assessment; move items only after items have been inspected.

5. Report damage to your insurance agent, building owner, and/or other authorities; keep a log of emails/conversations

6. Repeat if conditions change.

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