By Lauren Pastrana

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — It’s been two weeks since Hurricane Irma blew through Florida, leaving a path of destruction behind.

While some people in the Keys lost everything, many here in Miami-Dade and Broward lost power and other conveniences for days.

We know a lot of you were probably in the dark last week, so we wanted to do another “Lauren’s List” dedicated to what you should be doing post-storm, now that you can actually see us!

If you haven’t done these things yet, get on it!

  1. File any insurance claims: If you had damage to your home or car, don’t wait to report them. Hopefully you took before pictures and have already snapped a few after shots. The longer you wait to submit a claim, the longer it will take before your life can return to normal!
  2. Apply for FEMA help:  Because Florida was declared a major disaster area, FEMA is doling out help. So far, more than 103,000 applications have been approved statewide for a total of more than $102 million in aid. Eligible applicants can get money for housing assistance if they were displaced because of the storm.  Some mortgage servicers will let you delay payments for 3 months.
  3. Contact your utility companies: I heard from a lot of people who had power, but still didn’t have TV, internet or cell service at home. Your provider may provide a credit for the days without service. Check your other bills, too. Many companies promised to waive any overage or late fees.
  4. Top off your hurricane supplies: My family went through a lot of batteries and pretty much all of our bottled water is gone. Remember, hurricane season lasts until the end of November, so you want to keep your stash well-stocked. I have a list of some unique supplies you may want to pick up here.

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