Legal advisors, insurance professionals, vetted contractors and other storm recovery vendors will be on hand to discuss home rebuilding options and concerns when HBCU Adventures hosts three Hurricane Recovery Expo events in Louisiana this month.
The first expo will take in Houma at 2174 Martin Luther King Blvd. on Oct. 16 from 2 – 8 p.m. The second expo will be held at the Walmart in St. Charles Parish – located at 13001 US-90 in Boutte – on Oct. 17 from noon to 4 Hurricane Recovery Expop.m., and a third expo will be in Larose on Oct. 23 from noon to 4 p.m. at 115 West 10th Blvd.
Attorney Candice Colucci, an expo representative, said the events are free and open to the public.
”What we started realizing after a disaster like this is that most people haven’t been through this before and they don’t know what they don’t know,” she said. “Knowledge is power and sometimes just asking those questions and just running things by experts in the industry can make you more confident about the process you’re going through. The insurance companies are professionals … they do this every day. Unfortunately, a lot of the time they don’t have your best interest at heart.”
Colucci said the expos are an opportunity for residents to bring in their insurance policies, pictures of their homes, correspondences with their insurance companies, denial letters, construction contracts and any other storm-related material and have it all reviewed by professionals.
Vetted general contractors, roofing companies, tree removal companies, public adjusters and other vendors will also be on hand to answer questions and review recovery options.
“Dealing with an insurance claim and dealing with contractors … it’s very difficult,” Colucci said. “It’s ok for you not to understand what’s happening. You’re not alone … that’s always the feeling people have after these disasters. We encourage them that you’re not alone. It’s always good to air that story out to make sure you’re being treated fairly.”
Any contractors of businesses interested in having a booth at the expos should fill out the from at https://forms.gle/vWLxzbRnGXwWmDU79 by Oct. 14. Colucci said all companies will go through a background check and must have a valid Louisiana license.