For the first time in decades, the Carolinas faced what was, at its peak, a major category four hurricane with the potential to rip homes from their foundations.
Wildfire season is lasting longer and becoming more of a major cost driver for insurers in the U.S. Many adjusters and first responders use Temporary Accommodations for CAT relocation while on assignment, giving our CareTAkers first hand stories from both survivors and first responders.
For Temporary Accommodations, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, housing isn’t just our business, it’s our passion. While we work to put disaster victims in the perfect temporary house every day, we make an effort to address those who are even less fortunate in our community.
After a tornado, hurricane, or other severe storm, you and your family will be likely overwhelmed by the
situation. It’s a good idea to have a plan of action for responding immediately in the event of injury, and
also dealing with the losses to your home. In the moments after the storm, you will need to assess the
While tornados might not seem like a common occurrence, there are tornadoes in every state and over 1,200 every year in the country, it’s a very real possibility that a tornado could affect your home. They can occur in any season, at any time of day; however, it is more likely for a tornado to come through in the warmer months in the evening hours.
From humble beginnings at a kitchen table in Aaron Wilson’s apartment, Temporary Accommodations has experienced an exponential growth since 1996. In the past year alone, 24 new employees were welcomed into our family and to our Atlanta headquarters--which quickly started to feel a bit crowded for the company’s big dreams.
The 2017 hurricane season was the costliest season in recorded history, with damages totaling upwards of 292 billion dollars. In comparison, 2005’s Hurricane Katrina which wreaked havoc upon New Orleans and the surrounding area brought about damages in the 159 billion range.
When disaster strikes, the last thing you will want is for your family to scramble to get to safety. Setting
up a plan of action in which everyone knows their responsibilities is key to insuring that everything can
be taken care of as soon as possible. Consider who in the family will need assistance, and if your
The Atlanta Santa Run has been held annually since 2009, choosing different charities every year as the beneficiary. Temporary Accommodations has participated three years now, and has raised tens of thousands of dollars each year. This year, the TA team raised the most money out of all the running teams, bringing an astounding $22,560.00 to the 2017 charity: Bert’s Big Adventure.
The holidays are the time to break out the ugly sweaters, enjoy our friends and family, and find alternative uses for Aunt Frannie’s Fruitcake (door stop, hammer, weightlifting, etc.) But before any of the festivities begin, the decorations come out of storage.
As the temperatures drop and winter weather approaches, it’s time to think about preparing your home for the season. Winterizing your home doesn’t have to be an expensive process, and doesn’t necessarily require an extensive amount of work. Prevention is the best policy when it comes to preparing your home, and helping to avoid disasters and costly repairs later on.
As the sun set on California’s coast the night of October 8th, flames rose in Calistoga in what would become the most devastating wildfire in the state’s history. Winds whipped power lines down, causing sparks to fly across the dry hills of the area. Moving more than twelve miles in a mere three hours, the fire quickly cut across the region, setting upon northern Santa Rosa.
This past weekend our team once again took a Saturday to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, rather than relax by the pool or work on chores around our own homes. Half of our team arrived in the morning at 9:00 a.m. and met with the Executive Director of the Dekalb County chapter of Habitat, Bob Boyd. Bob told us about the family that had applied for the home we were renovating.
Most apartments and vacation rentals will supply you with a move in/move out checklist. This is often the same checklist managers use when inspecting a unit post move out. Walk through your new home before moving furniture in and look for any damage to the interior and exterior. Take pictures with your smart phone and save them in a specific album on your phone so they’re easy to find. It’s a good idea to make note of any preexisting damages and report them to the landlord.
The home insurance industry is rapidly changing. New efforts toward damage prevention are becoming more and more important to both adjusters and policyholders. Strengthening homes minimizes the potential for damage and is the only way to decrease loss of property and life. In 2015 the federal government introduced the idea of the “Disaster Savings Account.”
Temporary Accommodations sees many causes of property damage, but fire accounts for a third of the claims we handle. Preventing a fire is much easier than fighting a fire, but you should be sure there are working fire extinguishers on every level of your home. A fire can take seconds to spread.
Yesterday was one of the hottest days of the summer, but TA can handle the heat! Thirty-two members of our staff participated in our hands-on fire safety training. Each of us learned a lot, and we're all better prepared to stop a fire before it spreads.
Housing is Healthcare; the mantra of Atlanta’s Jerusalem House has been proven true time and time again. Since 1989, Jerusalem House has provided safe housing for low-income and homeless families affected by HIV/AIDS in the greater Atlanta area.
2017 has been an exciting year so far at Temporary Accommodations! We kicked off this year by tearing down walls, literally! After bringing on eighteen new employees, we expanded our office space at the beautiful Piedmont Business Center in Buckhead Atlanta.
Temporary Accommodations is currently monitoring forest fires raging in Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and California. In Utah the Brian Head Fire has burned over 43,000 acres. The blaze, which is only 10% contained, has caused ten different communities to evacuate. Temporary relocation may be necessary for dozens of families.