Hidden Hurricane Damage

How we’re Helping in the Aftermath of Hurricane Ian


We hope that now that the destructive category 4 Hurricane Ian has passed, you’re safe and well. It was the deadliest hurricane to strike the state of Florida since the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, after all.

We want to look at the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian, tell you about what we’re doing to help, and let you know what we can do if you have been affected.

The damage caused

No doubt you’re following the news reports of the widespread damage caused by Hurricane Ian, which extended from Western Cuba and the Southeast United states, especially Florida and South Carolina.

Hurricane Ian made landfall as a hurricane three times. At 150mph, Ian’s landfall wind speed in Florida ties for 5th strongest on record in the US. Hurricane Ian caused 12 foot-plus storm surge, 21.16 inches of rain, and thousands of lightning strikes. President Biden described the sheer devastation of Hurricane Ian which will probably rank among “the worst in the nation’s history.” 

Sadly, there were 89 deaths, and the official toll is rising. There were 2.5 million evacuation orders and 3.4 million power outages. Hurricane Ian destroyed homes and businesses, and the FMEA is working with federal, state, and local partners to support survivors and local communities in their recovery.

How we’re helping

Our community is precious to us, along with all of the people in it. Recovery and clean-up are going to take time, and we want to be part of the solution. 

We’re proud to help with the relief efforts and we are collecting and donating supplies. If you’d like to donate supplies, you can drop them off at our office. Our community particularly needs water, propane, non-perishable food, baby items, pet food, and toiletries. We’ll be making weekly trips south to deliver supplies personally and drop-off hours at our offices are 9 AM to 4:30 PM.

What to do if you were affected

It’s estimated that Hurricane Ian will have caused more than $60 billion in privately insured losses in Florida, making it the second largest disaster loss event on record (Hurricane Katrina caused $89.7 billion in inflation-adjusted insured losses.)

If your home or business took a beating from Hurricane Ian, we understand the stress that you’re under. In addition to personal injury to you or a loved one, you may have suffered damage to your roof, windows, or structure, or you may be dealing with water damage caused by flooding. 

Bear these steps in mind:

  1. Inspect your home for hurricane damage, especially to the roof, downspout, and gutter structure, water inside the home, and mold growth. 
  2. Document all damage to the property as best you can, with plenty of photos.
  3. Report all damage to your insurance company.
  4. Call us if you’re given a lowball offer or the run-around. 

Insurance companies are notorious for delaying, underpaying, or denying claims. The sooner we can help you out the better because if repairs are not completed quickly and efficiently, this can lead to water damage, structural damage, or even black mold.

Stay safe, stay in touch

Although we’ve come through the height of hurricane season 2022, we’ve still got several weeks to go. Stay safe, mind your neighbors, and reach out if you need us.

At Jenkins Law PL, we want you to recover and rebuild, and you’ll need the maximum amount of compensation to achieve this. Professional legal representation will strengthen your win. Let our experienced and compassionate team of insurance claim lawyers in Florida take up the fight. 

Are you ready? Call us today and let’s get started.