Emergency Tree Removal: What to Do When Disaster Strikes

When disaster strikes and a huge branch falls from a tree or worse, an entire tree fails, it’s crucial to know the right steps to take. Handling unexpected tree failure promptly and safely can prevent further damage and ensure everyone’s safety. Here’s a guide on how to manage emergency tree removal effectively.

1. Secure the Impacted Area

First and foremost, secure the affected area and do not enter it. The area could be unstable and at risk of further movement or failure. Keeping a safe distance protects you and others from potential hazards.

2. Document the Damage

Take photos of the affected area and the tree. These will be important for your insurance claim and for the arborist to assess the situation accurately. 

3. Contact the SES for Immediate Help

If the tree is blocking access to your driveway or has impacted your house, contact the State Emergency Service (SES). The SES provides emergency response services to clear access and make the affected areas safe.

4. Inform Your Insurance Provider

Before calling an arborist, contact your insurance provider. Each insurer has different assessment procedures, and they will guide you through the correct process. This ensures compliance with your insurance policy and facilitates a smoother claims process.

5. Engage a Qualified Arborist

Once you’ve contacted your insurance provider, it’s time to engage a professional arborist. Depending on the extent of the failure, an arborist may provide two separate services: one to remove fallen debris and make the area safe and another to remove any remaining portions of the tree.

The tree removal process is a skilled and delicate operation, especially when dealing with compromised trees. Always ensure you’re working with a qualified team of arborists equipped with specialist equipment. Failed trees are often unsafe to climb, so tree removal typically requires machine access.


Preventative Measures

While dealing with an emergency is crucial, prevention is always the best approach. If you have mature trees near your home or buildings, engage an arborist to conduct regular inspections. Their expert eyes can identify potential issues early, helping you avoid total failure and tree removal emergency situations.

To find out more about our tree removal services or how we can assist with your tree management, please get in touch. Our team is ready to provide expert advice and support to ensure the safety of your home.

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