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Question for people who were affected by hurricane Ian

 
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Question for people who were affected by hurricane Ian
So I work for a company that has a disaster clean-up / restoration side to it. In the past they have traveled for large scale disasters. Right now with travel costs being so high they are not traveling, I have heard through the grapevine that alot of other companies are basically doing the same.


My question is can anyone tell me if that is having an impact on recovery?

Of the firms in my area that typically will travel not one of them did for Ian, if you compare that to say Harvey or the Texas power outages, pretty much every single company at least sent a small element.

When these type of events happen there is a overwhelming need for contractors. In Harvey we had a waiting list that was over 200 long at one point and we are not a big franchised company. It seems that the business model has changed right now and it has me rather curious if this is causing big issues
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Re: Question for people who were affected by hurricane Ian
There were contractors of all types from all over the country here. They're mostly gone now since the majority of cleanup is done.
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Re: Question for people who were affected by hurricane Ian
There were contractors of all types from all over the country here. They're mostly gone now since the majority of cleanup is done.
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I'm actaully somewhat glad to hear that, there is an extreme shortage of workers in that industry and gives me hope that people still want to work because that industry is a hard sell to young workers eventhough it pays pretty well.

When you do disaster events as a contractor it's quite a grind, and often not in the most comfortable conditions. What I was younger I loved it , it was excited you got a real feeling you were helping people, now that I'm older being gone a month and working 16 hour days has kinda lost its luster
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There were contractors of all types from all over the country here. They're mostly gone now since the majority of cleanup is done.
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I'm actaully somewhat glad to hear that, there is an extreme shortage of workers in that industry and gives me hope that people still want to work because that industry is a hard sell to young workers eventhough it pays pretty well.

When you do disaster events as a contractor it's quite a grind, and often not in the most comfortable conditions. What I was younger I loved it , it was excited you got a real feeling you were helping people, now that I'm older being gone a month and working 16 hour days has kinda lost its luster
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Re: Question for people who were affected by hurricane Ian
So I work for a company that has a disaster clean-up / restoration side to it. In the past they have traveled for large scale disasters. Right now with travel costs being so high they are not traveling, I have heard through the grapevine that alot of other companies are basically doing the same.


My question is can anyone tell me if that is having an impact on recovery?

Of the firms in my area that typically will travel not one of them did for Ian, if you compare that to say Harvey or the Texas power outages, pretty much every single company at least sent a small element.

When these type of events happen there is a overwhelming need for contractors. In Harvey we had a waiting list that was over 200 long at one point and we are not a big franchised company. It seems that the business model has changed right now and it has me rather curious if this is causing big issues
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When you say "restoration" I assume you mean in conjunction with "Clean-up" IOW, right after the storm.'

We had plenty of "Clean-up/restoration" help, as poster above said, immediately after the storm. Some were even volunteers from various church orgs.


Now. The "Restoration" part - to me that is a different kettle of fish! When I think of "restoration," I think of the rooms in my home that need to be rebuilt due to water intrusion and are now bare down to the studs. That is also what needs to be "restored."

Thanks to our HOA (don't judge, it keeps the riff-raff out!) only "licensed and insured" companies can come in and work. AND they must be "licensed and insured" IN OUR COUNTY. So that requires a whole lot of paperwork (translate: Extra money out of pocket) in order to do repairs for us.


A lot of guys came here looking for the quick buck. Come in, do the work, take the money and get out. Not where I live! Probably did find other homes to work on. But that left us with a void. The FEW companies who are here working have lists of clients a mile long! We've been told we are so low on the their list that it'll probably be NEXT NOVEMBER before they can get to us to rebuild our patio/lanai!

And we haven't even tried to find a contractor for the inside rooms. We decided we'd do it ourselves rather than live in TWO ROOMS still habitable for 11 months.


Of course, then there are the scammers. I personally know of one home in our area where a roofer came in and gave a guy a price to replace his roof. $9000. Not a bad price. Guy gave him the money. The "roofer" went away. Never to be seen again.

Then the old guy died. Wife is currently in rehab. Not sure if she'll ever come home.

Tragic stories all around here if you ask.





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