Tree Tips for National Preparedness Month

preparedness storm tree removalWere you aware that September is National Preparedness Month? The purpose of this month is to encourage Americans to plan ahead and be prepared in case of major emergencies, from floods and wildfires to hurricanes and power outages.

Here at Mr. Tree and Lawn Service, we are experienced in emergency¬†tree removal, so today in the spirit of National Preparedness Month, we’d like to share some information on what to do if a tree falls on your home, vehicle, or some other important/dangerous area.

  • If a tree falls on your home, don’t worry about whose fault it is at the moment; contact your insurance company and then call us to remove the tree. Most homeowners insurance policies will cover structural damage to your home no matter whose tree did the damage.
  • Take photos before any repairs are done, for insurance documentation.
  • Prevent further damage if possible by hanging tarps, etc. But do take care not get too close to the tree in order to avoid being injured by a shift or break.
  • Prevent storm damage and trauma by being proactive about your trees. Mr. Tree and Lawn Service is here to help with routine tree maintenance and other tree services in Gainesville.
  • With most insurance policies, if a tree has damaged your home or another insured structure, the policy will most likely help you pay for the cost of removal. However, if the tree fell but didn’t hit anything, you’re probably on the hook for tree removal.
  • If a tree falls on your car, take photos and then take steps to prevent further damage.

It’s always best to have someone on hand to call for assistance in an emergency rather than just “winging” it in the face of a crisis. Put Mr. Tree and Lawn Service on speed dial and give us a call next time you need a tree removed in a hurry!

Image via ready.gov/september