Storm Recovery

Homeowners

Storm recovery may take several months. In addition to remaining patient and safe, the following steps can assist you in your storm recovery:

Conduct Self-Surveys

Assess the damage to each tree on your property, look for broken limbs and damage from lightning strikes. If you have any questions about whether or not a tree can be saved, contact a certified arborist.

Provide Tree Care

The impact of the storm will be visible in the trees for years to come. Many trees can be salvaged by pruning broken and damaged limbs. Make sure to hire a certified arborist to ensure that proper pruning practices are being used. Poor pruning can lead to cavities that could cause the tree to fail at a later date or which may make the tree more susceptible to breakage during a future storm.

Hire Certified Arborists

These tree care professionals should be hired to remedy hazardous tree situations. After a storm, it is common in some areas for people to show up at your door offering their services to remove or repair trees. Chances are the tree service companies who are qualified to do tree work have plenty of work to do without soliciting door to door. To be certain you are dealing with a professional make sure the person has the appropriate credentials.

Planting Trees

The Georgia Forestry Commission has seedlings available for purchase.

Community Officials

An effective storm plan will help to minimize a storm's impacts on your community forest. This Emergency Response Plan developed in Columbus, GA is a good example. Communities with active urban forestry programs are more prepared to cope with tree damage from storms. In addition, they may find themselves at a advantage when it comes to funding for tree removal and replacement. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has established guidelines for removal and replacement of trees on public property that may have become a hazard to the general public as a result of the storm. In order to qualify for these funds, a community must be able to demonstrate that prior to the storm they had a program for maintaining trees on public property.