How to Prepare for Hurricane Season

3 Easy Steps to Prepare your Property for Hurricane Season

Be prepared no matter what Mother Nature has up her sleeve this hurricane season.

Mar 31, 2020 |

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With summer on the horizon, it’s hard to believe it's already time to think about hurricane season — and with so many things going on, we understand you may not have the time or capacity to create a property safety plan on your own.

To help alleviate some of this stress, we’ve compiled a simple hurricane preparedness checklist. Here’s what to do to make sure you and your property are prepared to weather the storm this hurricane season:

1. Get Your Trees Ready

Flying limbs and falling trees pose a major threat. Opening canopies and performing structural pruning to remove weak and dead branches can dramatically reduce the risk of damage or injury. Many maintenance contracts only cover tree pruning to a certain height, as larger trees require the specialized service of an experienced tree crew. For this reason, be sure to schedule an assessment with a certified arborist before the start of hurricane season to understand which trees are most vulnerable to damage.

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Creating a pre-authorized storm damage plan helps crews safely expedite any clean-up work needed to ensure you get back to business quickly.

2. Pre-Authorize Storm Clean-Up

Make sure to discuss a pre-authorized plan for post-storm clean-up with your landscape partner. Doing this ensures crews are able to get to work without delay, helping you get back to business-as-usual quicker. The plan should specify how damage will be assessed, and key areas that should be prioritized for restoration on your property—such as clearing vehicle access to allow for safe passage of emergency personnel.

3. Keep Emergency Contact Info & Insurance Requirements Up-to-Date

You should also let your landscape partner know of any special needs or requirements your insurance carrier may have for documenting damages or corrective actions following a storm. This might include taking photographs or keeping detailed journals of manpower and equipment provided. Discussing this information now will further streamline response and make your job easier in the event of a disaster.

Finally, make sure you have updated emergency contact information on file with your landscape provider.

Schedule Your Free Preparedness Check

If you need hurricane preparation services, we're here for you. With our national footprint and the ability to mobilize additional resources in times of need, you can have peace of mind you’ll have a partner that will be there when you need it most. Request a free quote or give our team a call at 844.235.7778.