Before a major weather event, one of the most important things you can do for your home is to prevent flying hazards by securing all loose items in case there are high winds. That means:
- Stopping all yard maintenance and tree trimming activities when there is a named storm with a predicted landfall. It is recommended that all major tree pruning or removal take place from December 1 through April 30. Although hurricane season doesn't start until June, working around these dates helps ensure community storm preparedness by clearing vegetation trimming ahead of the season.
- Bundling and tying down all loose items, such as tree limbs, wood planks or building, and roof tiles. It’s important to place these materials where debris cannot become hazardous to homes and automobiles.
- Securing trash and recycling containers, and placing empty containers in a secure location away from open spaces where winds are more likely to have an effect.
Note: Keep in mind that we will continue to collect household trash and recycling materials according to designated schedules until a hurricane warning or other adverse weather condition is issued for the area.
For the latest information, remember to visit our Weather and Service Updates webpage.