When a hurricane hits your neighborhood and damages your home, the urge to get to work right away is overwhelming. It’s critical, however, that you follow the correct procedures to ensure a successful recovery. During this process, you want to ensure that you and your family are safe, that you avoid danger and document everything correctly for insurance purposes, and that the repairs are up to the current code. Be prepared to act once the storm has passed and authorities have announced that evacuees can return home safely. If the damage is extensive, remember that it could take a long time to get everything back in order, so do it right the first time.