With the recent increase in natural disasters occurring across the country, we wanted to take the time to create a resource that all of you could use.

We’ve compiled a list of recent reports, updates, and safety precaution articles from trusted sources for all types of natural disasters.

We hope all of our clients if any effected, can recover from and prepare for impending natural disasters.

Stay safe, everyone!

The Dwell Real Estate Crew


Department of Homeland Security’s Disaster Preparedness Kit Instructions
A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Also includes a downloadable/printable list.

FEMA & The American Red Cross’s Preparing for Disaster Guide - PDF
4 steps to be prepared before a natural disaster strikes.

12 Ways To Disaster-Proof Your Place
Trulia - No matter where you live, disaster preparedness is a crucial part of keeping your family and your home base safe.

USAA’s Preparing for Disaster: Is Your House Ready?
Tips for preparing for Hurricanes, Wildfires, Winter Storms, Floods and what to do after disaster strikes.

Settling post-catastrophe insurance claims: What agents should know
Inman News - Whether it’s Hurricane Harvey, a flood, tornado, earthquake or fire, it can take years to resolve a major insurance claim and restore your property. Here is a must-have guide to follow if you have a major insurance loss on your home.

Earthquake Preparedness & Recovery

Department of Homeland Security’s Guide to Earthquakes
This page describes what to do before, during, and, after an earthquake.

Flooding Preparedness & Recovery

HomeAdvisor’s Five Home Projects to Address Immediately After Your House Has Flooded
Depending on the storm and its staggering effects, homeowners might face a number of devastating problems: from feet of standing water in the living room, to trees and debris spread across the across your lawn and driveway, to a roof completely torn apart.

HomeAdvisor’s Water Damage Restoration
Water damage restoration is one of the most rapidly growing and evolving industries in the country. What used to consist of a contractor setting up a few fans in a flooded basement has now become a bonafide science.

Hurricane Preparedness & Recovery

HomeAdvisor’s 10 Essential Hurricane Preparedness Supplies
Being prepared ahead of a hurricane warning is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and your home.

HomeAdvisor’s Hurricane Safety Tips
Knowing what to do when a hurricane is expected in your area can mean the difference between life and death. And it can mean the difference between minimal and severe property damage as well. Here’s what you need to know.

Department of Homeland Security’s Guide to Hurricanes
This page explains what actions to take when you receive a hurricane watch or warning alert from the National Weather Service for your local area. It also provides tips on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.

Snow Storms & Extreme Cold Preparedness & Recovery

Department of Homeland Security’s Guide to Snowstorms & Extreme Cold
This page explains what actions to take when you receive a winter weather storm alert from the National Weather Service for your local area and what to do before, during, and after a snowstorm or extreme cold.

Tornado Preparedness & Recovery

Department of Homeland Security’s Guide to Tornadoes
This page explains what actions to take when you receive a tornado watch or warning alert from the National Weather Service for your local area and what to do before, during, and after a tornado.

Wildfire Preparedness & Recovery

HomeAdvisor’s Fire Prevention, Preparedness & Recovery
To help homeowners and firefighters decrease the risk of fires, we have prepared a resource guide specifically for kids, seniors and pets on the necessities of fire prevention, preparedness and, when needed, recovery.

HomeAdvisor’s The Ultimate Guide to Wildfire Safety
It’s critically important to know a thing or two about wildfire safety. Why? First, 90 percent of all wildfires are started by humans, whether from arson, careless behavior, or lack of fire safety. Weather factors, such as lightning and drought conditions, also contribute to wildfires.

Department of Homeland Security’s Wildfire Guide
This page explains what actions to take if you receive a fire weather watch alert from the National Weather Service for your local area and what to do before, during, and after a wildfire.

Hurricane Harvey in the News

An Economist’s Perspective on Harvey
September 7, 2017 – Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist for CoreLogic, explains the impact that Hurricane Harvey and the impending recovery will have on the Houston housing market, both rentals and buying/selling.

The Next Hurricane-Related Shortage: Construction Workers
September 7, 2017 – Wall Street Journal  A severe shortage of construction workers is expected to cause widespread delays and push labor costs sharply higher as Texas begins to rebuild from Hurricane Harvey.

Rebuilding Housing in Harvey’s Aftermath: Two Lessons from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
September 6, 2017 – The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University’sanalysis of the Houston housing market post Harvey. Recovery will be particularly difficult for renters in the area, as rentals typically take more time to rebuild than homes owned by the occupants.

Lessons From Katrina for a Devastated Houston
Realtor Magazine - New Orleans real estate pros offer a long view of disaster recovery, recalling their own role in reviving the community and housing market. Hurricane Harvey’s ruinous path through Houston and its environs evokes memories of the 2005 storm that overwhelmed New Orleans.

Harvey Survivors: HUD’s Top Priority
September 6, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released short, intermediate, and long-term efforts that are currently underway for Hurricane Harvey survivors.

HUD’s Official Press Release re: Hurricane Harvey Survivor Housing
September 5, 2017 – The federal government continues to focus on the lives and safety of those affected by Hurricane Harvey. While the coordinated response continues, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other federal, state, local, and tribal partners, are beginning to direct efforts toward recovery, including housing survivors displaced by the disaster through the state-led disaster housing task force.

Key Tips Before You File a Harvey Insurance Claim
August 29, 2017 – Wall Street Journal – (before the storm hit) Texas residents are starting to file insurance claims even as Harvey lingers, but much of the damage could be excluded from insurance policies.

When the hurricane hits your town: A Texas broker’s first steps
August 28, 2017  Inman News – A real estate client who closed on a home one week ago calls to tell you “There’s nothing left.” On top of that you find out your office is destroyed — the roof collapsed — and you don’t have rental insurance. These are the types of challenges Alissa Spears, an independent brokerage owner and 18-year real estate vet in Rockport, Texas, is dealing with from her remote base four hours from the coastal town of 9,500.

Homeowners (and Taxpayers) Face Billions in Losses From Harvey Flooding
August 28, 2017 – The New York Times - Hurricane Harvey may inflict as much as $30 billion in damages on homeowners, according to preliminary estimates. But only 40 percent of that total may be covered by insurance — and of that, the federal government will bear the biggest liability.

Hurricane Irma in the News

The National Hurricane Center’s Hurricane Irma Page
Track the latest on Hurricane Irma’s Projected Path Here

Major Hurricane Irma likely to deliver destructive blow to Florida this weekend
September 8, 2017 – AccuWeather - The current track of Irma will bring the most severe impacts to the eastern side of Florida, including Miami, West Palm Beach, Melbourne, Daytona Beach and Jacksonville. However, with the forecast track now taking Irma right up the Florida Peninsula, hurricane-force winds will reach western parts of the state as well, including Tampa, Fort Myers and Sarasota.

As House Provides Aid for Harvey, All Eyes Are on Irma
September 8, 2017  DS News – The House passed a bill to suspend the U.S. borrowing limit and extend the National Flood Insurance Program through December 8, 2017, as well as provide $15.3 billion in Harvey aid. Many are hoping the President signs the bill today as Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose barrel towards Florida.

Hurricane Irma: Airbnb tries to line up free housing for evacuees
September 8, 2017  USA Today  Airbnb is trying to find temporary homes for those displaced by Hurricane Irma. The online home-sharing community has activated its Disaster Response Program to aid Floridians who are evacuating their homes to flee the impending powerful storm.

Hurricanes Harvey & Irma: What They Could Mean for Housing
September 7, 2017  Forbes.com In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and ahead of the huge potential for danger and destruction still to come from Hurricane Irma, there remains much uncertainty and fear about estimated and actual damage to housing markets in Texas and the Southeast.

Homeowners in Florida Brace for Irma
September 7, 2017 – DS News – In a 419-3 vote, the House of Representatives has authorized almost $8 billion in aid for Hurricane Harvey victims. However, another super storm could require additional relief measures if it continues to follow its current course: Hurricane Irma.

As Irma approaches, mortgage industry doubles down on disaster prep
September 6, 2017 - Mortgage companies in Florida are bracing themselves for the potential landfall of Hurricane Irma, which has followed close on the heels of Hurricane Harvey. Mortgage companies in the state are channeling Harvey relief programs to prepare for the possible storm, with some taking extra steps as Irma promises potentially greater damage.