For all of you out there affected by Hurricane Sandy, myself and everyone at Trulia want to send our very best thoughts and wishes to your and your family. Personally, I am from New Jersey and many of my family members are still suffering without power and heat. If your home experienced damage as a result of the storm, you're probably reeling and also dealing with a deluge of information on the best next steps to take.
I have read all of the articles coming out in the media this week and I can tell you that the sheer amount of information and misinformation out there is truly daunting. With that in mind, I wanted to share the 5 best articles out there now about what to do in the days, weeks and months that follow Hurricane Sandy.
FEMA: Disaster Survivor Assistance- The official Federal Emergency Management Agency's site can help answer some FAQs about how to obtain assistance. They walk you through what to expect before and after you apply.
Suze Orman: After the Storm: What Now? - Suze breaks down insurance coverage for your home and car and discusses what's covered and what's not.
I want to stress the last point about avoiding scammers. Be wary of being taken advantage of in these troubling times. Don't be fooled and don't give unnecessary information or money to people until you can verify their authenticity and ability to help you pick up the pieces. There are so many heroes and good Samaritans helping one another right now, however, there are a few out there who will try to take advantage of other people in the midst of the crisis. Don't be a victim twice.