TROPICAL DEPRESSION IMELDA RELIEF AND RECOVERY EFFORTS
Please check our Facebook page for frequent updates not only from our organization, but also from our Partner Agencies, Orange County officials, and others.
If you would like to donate to Disaster Recovery for Tropical Storm Imelda recovery efforts, you can do so online. We have a donate button at the top of our website or you can simply click here. If you type "Imelda" in the comments, your donation will be designated strictly for Imelda disaster recovery and the funds will 100% stay in Orange County and 100% go to recovery efforts.
IMELDA DAMAGE SURVEY
To provide assistance to Orange County citizens in the most efficient and accurate way we are asking each citizen affected by Tropical Storm Imelda to complete the IMELDA DAMAGE SURVEY located on Orange County’s website www.co.orange.tx.us. The objective of this survey is to aid the Office of Emergency Management and Orange County Disaster Rebuild as they assess and identify damages and needs within the community. Accurately reporting your location of damaged residence will allow emergency management to prioritize recovery efforts in the most affected areas. Reporting damage to Emergency Management is a voluntary activity and is not a substitute for reporting damage to your insurance agency nor does it guarantee disaster relief assistance.
HOME CLEANUP HOTLINE
TIPS FOR FLOODED HOUSEHOLDS
Save your receipts! Use one box or waterproof bag to store ALL receipts related to flooding/rebuild/repair.
CONSUMER TIPS FOR HIRING A CONTRACTOR (from G&G Construction Enterprises)
1.Make sure the contractor is Bonded and Insured
-Ask to see a certificate of insurance
-Call the insurance company listed to make sure the insurance policy is still in force
-Ask for a certificate of insurance naming you as an additional insured
This certificate protects you, the homeowner, from liability IF someone asserts a claim against you for injuries while sustained at your home
-All companies who do things the right way should have a general liability insurance certificate.
2. Pick a contractor who specializes in your project type
-today many projects a regulated and code-specific that you want someone who knows the details of what’s required
-if you are asking several contractors for a bid make sure each one is using the same scope of work so that you can compare estimates apples-to-apples. That also goes for the quality of the materials used.
3. Have a detailed contract in place before any work begins
If the scope of work is clear and the contractor is thorough, a contract should not exceed the original cost of the contract unless there are changes made by the Owner OR there are unforeseen conditions which were not made known at the time the estimate was assembled. The contract should include a detailed list of items being installed, approximate start and finish dates, and scope of work or services provided
4. Check that the contractor is approved by the BBB Better Business Bureau http://www.bbb.org/southeast-texas/ and your local Chamber of Commerce; this can be a great resource to find out about a company and doesn't cost you, the consumer
5. Look at Work Samples
this lets you see a contractor’s handiwork and may spark ideas for your project reputable companies have websites with examples and/or information through social media
6. Think Locally
- area contractors who have been in business for a long time are usually reliable and local contractors who use local vendors help your local economy
7. Closeout Documentation
-Once the project is complete, make sure you have the following items from the contractor:
-Final Lien Release: This document should be filled out by the contractor, subcontractors and all material providers who were used in rebuilding your house.This is the only document that protects you and your home from untimely and/or false lien claims long after the job is done.
-Warranty – In writing