Do You Have A Plan For After The Storm?

Many people have plans for major hurricanes or tornadoes. Whether it involves turning your home into a stronghold, evacuating to a nearby safe spot, or taking an impromptu vacation before the evacuation traffic begins, there are a lot of ways to stay safe while defending your property before and during a storm. What about after the storm? To understand the problems that arise after a storm hits and ways to make your household comfortable again, here are a few storm recovery points to consider:

Pre-Storm Planning

Some plans will keep you safe before and after the storm. The days before a storm are a good time to start trimming back branches or completely cutting down trees that may become a problem.

Any tree can become a problem during a bad enough storm, but unless it's a category five storm that is teetering in a perfect place to go through a window, you may not necessarily want to remove the whole thing. Before going the "better safe than sorry" route, you could ask a dangerous tree removal professional.

Their estimates include the likely falling path and debris potential of a tree. In most cases, trimming branches will be enough. If it's a cherished family tree that is worth debate, you can decide whether damage to the house is worth the risk.

It's an issue of property damage in most cases; the only time that your life is in danger is if it's a massive tree in front of a window or any tree near a particularly frail home such as a manufactured home/trailer. Vinyl siding tears or chipped bricks on a sturdy house can be repaired if you care about the tree, but if it's some random pine tree, it can be removed ahead of time.

Post-Storm Planning

When a storm devastates an area, people may not think about the logistics involved. It's understandable that in a moment of disaster, fixing your home while protecting you and your family will be the most important thing, but the fact is that recovery and repair crews will be busy.

If you want to be one of the first people on the list--or at least have your home serviced in a timely fashion--make sure to build rapport with a tree removal team before the storm hits. Negotiate rates, talk about what needs to be done, and start making your own list of building materials for any potential damage.

If you're not the first on their list, they'll at least know the kind of equipment needed and will have a reason to put you ahead of newer callers. It's usually first-come-first-serve, but getting a specific team's number can help you get a quicker and fair assist instead of dialing down every random tree removal service in the phone book.

Contact a tree removal team like T's Trees to discuss preemptive planning and post-storm removal.