Conduct a home safety evaluation, including nearby trees.
Are there obvious cracks in their trunks? Are any trees leaning? Do you notice signs of rot or decay? These are signs to pay attention to. Most mature trees, as long as there has not been previous damage or disease, are usually able to withstand even the fiercest winds. It is also good practice to prune low-hanging branches and dead or weak limbs.
Check for detached or broken limbs that are currently hung up in a tree's canopy.
Detached or broken limbs or tree tops pose a hazard as they can dislodge during a wind storm. Seek a professional for removal, especially if the limb is large and still partially attached to the tree. If you are unable to do so prior to the storm, be aware of where they are and stay clear of the area.
If possible, stay indoors during the storm.
Tree limbs and other debris can become airborne without warning. If you are driving, pull off the road away from trees overhead. If you can, get into a nearby building. If you are indoors, move away from windows and objects that could fall. Go to lower floors in multi-storied homes. Avoid downed electrical power lines, utility poles, and fallen trees.
Wait for an "all clear" notice before assessing storm damage.
Monitor your weather stations to hear whether the storm has passed before heading out to assess damage. If your trees suffer during the storm, please feel free to get in contact with us for an assessment.
Most of all, stay safe!