We would like to pass some Recovery Information on to our readers, their family members and friends.
CREDIT CARDS AND CHECKS – Do not give your credit card or a check to anyone that comes to your door asking for donations. Get information on the Charity or Organization that you can verify. Once you have had a chance to verify the charity or organizations validity – you can then donate by mail or phone.
- FEMA will not call you asking for money. You can contact FEMA at www.fema.org
- CONTRACTORS: There will be a lot of contractors offering to do renovation work who may be from our area or other areas and out of state.
- Ask for their License # and Proof of License. They may be a licensed business such as a LLC, but not be licensed as a contractor.
- Ask for a business card – it should have their license # on it and have a physical address. If they do not have an address on their card, be cautious.
- Be cautious of any contractor who gives you a really low bid. Ask for references.
- Be cautious of anyone who says that they can get you back in your home quickly. Be patient as “proper” renovation takes time….it is not an overnight process.
- Do not pay for work upfront. Some contractors may need funds to purchase material, but should not ask for large down payments up front.
The Red Cross has an excellent booklet that we recommend to anyone that has been effected by the flood. READ ABOUT IT HERE
There is a Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) downloadable app for your mobile devices. With this app, you can enter a contractor name to see if he is licensed with the state.
Click her for the link to the app. www.lslbc.louisiana.gov
Don’t be a victim twice! Follow this link to learn more about ways to protect yourself when hiring a contractor. www.lslbc.louisiana.gov
The city of Baton Rouge has posted a chart detailing how to divide flood debris for removal.