Disaster Recovery

Reducing Impacts of a Disaster and Documenting

After a disaster, it is important that you take every possible action to reduce the impact of damage to your property as soon as it is safe and practical to do so. To receive financial assistance after a disaster, you need to have proper records in place that show that you did everything you could to reduce the impact of the damage.

Here is what you need to do to make sure you have proper records, so you can receive all the assistance you are entitled to:

  1. Take pictures of all damaged property and items before you dispose of anything.
  2. Keep track of all your disaster-related repairs and activities including:
    • Labour and equipment hours
    • Materials used, including quantities
    • Specific types of equipment used, including make, model, year, horsepower and attachments
    • Extra mileage
    • Receipts, invoices and other documents you need to support your claim
  3. Keep all receipts, invoices and any other documents for disaster related expenses as they are required in order to support your claim. Invoices submitted as part of your eventual claim must be accompanied by the corresponding proof of payment (e.g. credit/debit slip, cancelled cheque) in order to be considered for eligibility.