No matter how big or small a storm may be, it is always a good idea to be prepared! Any storm can bring high winds, rain, and sometimes hail.
The Daniel Island POA prepares all common areas and maintained property by regularly having the trees evaluated by a licensed arborist. They check for any possible safety hazards, the health of the tree, and if there is additional pruning that needs to be done. The Field Operations team also follows an aggressive pruning schedule that keeps the trees thin and light which helps improve durability in high winds.
Additionally, should we know a storm with high winds is on the way, the Field Ops team secures or moves all outdoor furniture inside, trash cans, loose play equipment, and anything else that could potentially become a hazard.
For residential or personal property, it is recommended that residents have their trees, roofs, and the exterior of the home inspected at least once a year to ensure that everything is ready for a pop-up storm or hurricane. They should also inspect and clean the gutters of their homes (if applicable) at least twice a year (spring and fall) to make sure they are draining correctly.
If you know that a storm is coming, it is suggested to secure or move all outdoor furniture inside, trash cans, loose play equipment, and anything else that could potentially become an airborne hazard.
Once the storm has passed, the Field Operations team follows the post-storm clean-up protocols outlined HERE. Residents should make sure to check the trees for hanging limbs, or their houses for damage. They should also follow the City of Charleston’s guidelines when conducting post-storm clean-up on their property in regards to placing yard debris items at the curb for removal. Guidelines for yard debris can be found HERE.