As the recovery of Florida’s West Coast begins following Hurricane Ian, roofing contractors from around the country have traveled to the Sunshine State to lend a hand.

But even seasoned contractors should come prepared, says Trent Cotney, partner at Adams and Reese, in this latest video. While the state has lifted some of its licensing restrictions, doing the actual work can be difficult if contractors aren’t ready for the working conditions.

“Come prepared, there is no water, there is no food, there is no power,” said Cotney, a resident of Florida. “If you plan on staying down here and you’re not within driving distance, make sure you figure out somewhere for your crews to stay, because it is utter destruction down there.”

Cotney also gives some general advice on what contractors should be doing at their jobsites and to be wary of the licensing and permit process. In addition, state officials are making it easier for Division 1 contractors to do their jobs, though this may create more problems down the line for the state. Cotney offers his thoughts on the matter and how roofing contractors can play a role in doing work the right way.

Watch the full video here, or visit our podcast page for the audio version.

For additional content related to Hurricane Ian, view our previous video about Florida’s licensing laws and hear from Florida-based Kelly Roofing President Ken Kelly on what contractors should know when helping rebuild following a severe storm.