Affected by severe weather? Here’s what to look out for

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Severe weather and storms can cause significant disruption to the day-to-day lives of residents because of fallen trees, loss of power and damage. Here is what to look out for if you’re ever affected by severe weather.

‘In shock of what is happening’: Storms cause damage in Smith County

Reporting damage

Anyone who sustains storm damage to their property is asked to submit those damages to Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). The Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool Damage Survey is for damage to residential, commercial, or agricultural property.

The City of Tyler said the damage surveys could release funding from Federal Emergency Management System directly to residents.

“This process will help officials determine resource needs, learn about the kind of damage sustained, and work to determine eligibility for disaster assistance,” Texas Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd said.

Road closures

While commuting, drivers should be cautious of high water and debris as officials work on clearing roadways.

“The phrase turn around, don’t drown is a good one to remember,” John Moore, Smith County Commissioner Precinct 2, said.

In Smith County, a interactive road closures map was recently released that shows roads that are closed due to hazards or maintenance. To see the map, people can visit the website.

Power loss

Oncor customers can report a power outage, downed power lines and find restoration updates through their website or by texting OUT to 66267.

“Safety for our employees and the public is our number one priority. If you see a downed power line, stay away and call 911 immediately. Don’t attempt to remove debris that may conceal a downed power line. Cutting and removal of large trees should be left to licensed professionals,” Oncor said.

Boil water notice do’s and don’ts

Avoiding scams

When recovering from storm damage, it is important to trust companies of licensed professionals and avoid scams.

What to look out for when getting storm damage repairs:

  • Be critical of flyers on cars and people walking door to door.

  • Most businesses have company branded materials, have business cards, branded car and shirts.

  • If businesses require you to pay up front, don’t. The BBB said you should pay a portion before, halfway through repairs and when you are satisfied at the end.

  • If businesses are pressuring you to utilize their business and not giving you time to think about it, that is not a good sign.

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