In the roofing industry, big storms are big business. Moody's Analytics estimates that 2017's Hurricane Harvey caused $97 billion in damages alone, not accounting for lost output from the storm. While not all of that money makes its way into damaged roofs, it's sure that a significant portion of it does. And while the winds that blow off tiles and shingles in affected areas fill the sails of the storm restoration industry, we can't overlook the human toll that these storms continue to take. Here are some ways we can help.
Most aid organizations suggest donating money over other types of goods, only to cut out the logistical element of getting physical items to affected areas. That being said, vetting the organization that you plan to donate to is always a good idea. The Red Cross is still a solid choice, and currently, Google is offering a secure donation link as the first result when you search for how to help! (See below)
This article from Quartz has several links to worthy organizations as well.
If you prefer to get your hands dirty, there will undoubtedly be the need for volunteers. If you'd like to become a part of a coordinated effort, NVOAD is an excellent place to start. They offer links to current efforts, ways to sign up with multiple groups and advice on how to volunteer effectively. In circumstances like Hurrican Florence, it's important not to throw oneself into fray. Volunteers can be over-eager and end up putting themselves or others in danger with their good-intentions, be patient and allow the organizations to deploy resources where they are needed.
Although it's a job for many of our subscribers, it can't be overstated how essential restoration services are after a storm. Getting people's lives back to normal is important economically and psychologically, and making sure their homes are inhabitable is a significant part of that process. After an event the size and scope of a hurricane, local resources are often stretched FAR beyond their capacity, which is why traveling companies are vital to the recovery process. Tarping and wrapping crews help mitigate rain damage directly after the storm, and full restoration brings the house back to its previous condition. Providing these services and doing so responsibly is the most significant way our industry can contribute to recovery efforts.
However you choose to help out in the aftermath of this storm and the others that follow it, know that even the smallest efforts are essential. Our business is helping roofers like yourselves more efficiently serve storm victims and your day-to-day clients with your skills. We're proud to work with one of the most critical industries in our country, and we'll continue to develop ways to make your business more responsive and profitable.
As always thanks for reading, and stay safe out there!