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Assessing and Managing Storm-Damaged Timber

Storms not only damage homes and businesses but they also damage agricultural land, including timberland. Landowners who have forests affected by storms should take immediate action to mitigate their losses.

Assessing Damage …

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Caring for Trees: Hiring an Arborist

If you have storm-damaged trees, you may need to hire an arborist. Unskilled work often results in damage or structural weakness the tree will keep throughout its existence. Unskilled tree work, such as topping or excessive limbing up, ofte…

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Caring for Trees: Post-Storm Assessment

After a damaging storm, trees are always a concern. Tree debris is the most common problem blocking roads and foot traffic, and it is likely to have damaged property.
 
High-Risk Storm Damage
First, assess the risk a storm-damaged t…

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Caring for Trees: Power Lines

The most common reason for storm power outages is a tree falling onto power and communications lines. The utilities do their best to clear the lines of branches to prevent this, but in strong storms, this is not always enough.
After a stor…

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Protect Your Trees

Failing trees cause the most damage and inconvenience both during and after a storm event. Trees fail in storms because they endure stresses that exceed their ability to withstand. The weight of a falling branch, trunk, or whole tree is mas…

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Drought-Tolerant Landscapes for Alabama

A well-designed and managed landscape can reduce the amount of water needed for home landscape irrigation. This conservation of water becomes increasingly important as municipal governments impose broad watering bans in response to …

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An Emergency Handbook: Preparation and Recovery

BE PROACTIVE
The best way to protect your home and family is by preparing ahead of time.
MITIGATE
• Keep your home in good repair.
• Remove hazards from your yard.
• Buy appropriate insurance.
• Learn about Firewise Communitie…

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Milling Dimensions: Characteristics of Portable Sawmill Owners and Operators

Landowners harvest trees from their property for many reasons. Often this is done as part of a regularly scheduled timber harvest such as a thinning or final harvest. But there are times when cutting older trees in a small area to impro…

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Clearing Debris from Land

You are responsible for clearing debris from your property after a damaging natural event.
Here are some guidelines for setting priorities for clearing debris after a severe storm.
 

Land Use and Value
Clear streets and roads to …

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Safety After a Disaster

When natural disasters strike, you must take care of yourself and your family first. There are serious problems to deal with before recovery begins. Illness or injury may result from contaminated water, debris-filled roadways, electrical an…

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Emergency Handbook iBook

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has an iBook to help families, businesses and communities prepare for storms and clean up after they pass. The Emergency Handbook is a comprehensive resource for emergency planning, preparation and…

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Severe Weather Watches and Warnings

Weather alerts are provided by local, state, and national authorities and the media when threatening climate conditions arise. Meteorologists are trained professionals equipped to analyze natural indicators of weather conditions that may be…

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Manufactured Home Safety

Proper installation of your manufactured home and a few precautions will help you to prevent storm and fire damage. The Forty-Second Congress of the United States passed the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Act in 1974…

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