On June 2, 1989 a storm struck Cismont. Meteorologists called it a microburst and like a wave of hurricane winds it proved to be the most destructive storm I ever witnessed. Countless numbers of trees were damaged and numerous downed trees blocked several miles of highway. As a tree surgeon seeing this event I was awed by the massive destruction of trees and feared personal injury.
This storm was exceptional, however damage from a passing storm occurs often. Here are some helpful tips to minimize damage and injury when a storm strikes.
1. Assess the damage cautiously. Broken wires or hanging tree parts are life threatening.
2. Clear access to public highways. Carefully remove debris making enough space for one vehicle to pass.
3. Check on your neighbor to render assistance. An injured or isolated neighbor may need help.
4. Seek professional advice. When the emergency is over and the job of clean up is at hand an arborist or tree specialist can assist in identifying hidden hazards.
The above information was provided courtesy of The National Arbor Day Foundation.