Recovering From a Natural Disaster
Trees provide a sense of home. Trees around homes, businesses and throughout the community improve air quality, energy efficiency, stormwater runoff reduction, public health and economic benefits. When a natural disaster strikes, the urban forest suffers, and the community loses some of these benefits. After immediate public safety issues are addressed, volunteers, community leaders and city staff can work together to assess and manage existing trees and develop a planting plan. Each natural disaster and community forest is unique; however, lessons from past disasters can help towns working to recover and replant now.
Click the fact sheets below for more information on common disaster recovery topics.