Sandy may have passed, but she isn't forgotten. Just this week, NJ PATH reopened its doors to eager residents of Hoboken.

Last weekend, a friend of mine went down to the Jersey shore to help his mother start to set her house to rights. Even months after Sandy swept herself away, some families are just now getting the go ahead to start the long process to normalcy.

When returning to a home for the first time after a storm, there are a few things you need to remember to make the process as speedy and painless as possible.

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  • First, make sure you have an N95 Respirator. A proper mask will shield you from airborne contaminants.
  • When investigating the property, wear rubber gloves to protect yourself.
  • To speed your insurance claims, take photographs of all property before you begin removing any damaged items.
  • List damaged items in their entirety.
  • Before taking any items to the curb, write down serial numbers and the makes and models of appliances you must replace.
  • Remove damaged furniture.
  • Remove all fabrics and soft goods from the area, as they are the most susceptible to mold and mildew in the early stages: this includes furniture (sofas etc.), pillows, and clothing. Once items are removed, assess the level of damage and decide what to keep and what to claim.
  • Remove all carpeting, keeping your own abilities in mind: wet carpeting can be extremely heavy, and you might consider hiring professional assistance.

Professionals like PuroClean Restoration Services of Cranford, NJ can walk you through the process and make your home a healthy and safe space.

Two months past Sandy, we are still recovering, but we are still reminding the country what makes the Jersey Shore strong.