With summer storm season upon us, and fall and winter storms just a few months away, now is the perfect time to learn how you can protect yourself, your precious family and lovely home from severe weather. Professional storm clean-up expert, certified arborist and world champion tree climber Jared Abrojena joined me for an interview to discuss just how we can prepare our homes and property before a big storm hits.
Candace Rose: How can people prepare for an impending storm?
Jared Abrojena: “Preparing for a storm is having a plan, developing a plan for you and your family inside and out of your home. These are real basic tips here – as simple as designating a spot in your house, a safe place for everyone to go to in case of a storm, preferably away from windows, anything that can shatter, any overhead chandeliers, picture frames, mirrors and having a first aid kit or emergency kit.
These are basic essentials that we have probably laying around our house somewhere but are not readily available for us. We have things as simple as a dry blanket, water, a first aid kit, canned food, a can opener, extra batteries for your flashlight. These things are real basic essentials and they’re not expensive. It’s easy to put a little package together, tie it up, keep it dry, put it in a safe place and hopefully we never have to use it.”
Candace Rose: Is there anything else that people can do to stay safe in their homes during a storm?
Jared Abrojena: “Most definitely. A lot of it is just trying to be proactive, even walking outside ahead of time before the storm and evaluating your property – what needs to come in off of the property? It might be outdoor furniture or your pets or potted plants that have value to you, or your car even and put it inside the garage.
These things are real commonsense things that you maybe bypass coming into a storm, but at the same time you can take a look around and see if your storm drains, gutters are all clear. Make sure your waterways, say you have a creek nearby your house, make sure that’s all cleared out. This is stuff we can all do as homeowners and be proactive about anymore damage that comes to our house.”
Candace Rose: How can we make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant?
Jared Abrojena: “When it comes to dealing with trees, as homeowners what we can do is if you have a chainsaw, great…if you don’t have a chainsaw what I recommend is going down to your local Husqvarna dealer and let them know exactly what you’re doing. They’ll get you dialed into the exact product that you need for your job. At the same time maybe you can get some training and some safety tips along the way.
When it comes to actually climbing trees and pruning and getting recommendations on hazardous limbs or limbs that could be prone to fail, that’s where you need to hire an arborist to come out and evaluate that and do the work for you.
There’s a lot you can do as a homeowner. We’ve got a ton of great resources at Husqvarna.com. Their website is great, they’ve got how to tips, whether it be chainsaw use if it’s your first time using a chainsaw or even basic maintenance tips if you haven’t ran a saw in years or in the last year and you want to freshen up. It’s a great avenue to go to get educated.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information that you’d like to share with us?
Jared Abrojena: “Safety is first and foremost. We don’t want to be a second victim to a storm. These storms can create hazardous situations for us. Don’t hop into something you’re not prepared for or not able to do. Like I said, PPE (personal power equipment) is the biggest thing when dealing with power equipment – that’s glasses, ear protection, chaps, boots, foot protection. Make sure you go that route when dealing with chainsaws if you are going to go that way. Like I said, safety first.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?
Jared Abrojena: “For more information go to www.Husqvarna.com.”