Assessing the Damage and Knowing Your ResponsibilitiesOnce the storm passes, its pivotal to know where your responsibilities begin and end. In other words, if it’s not on your land or under your control, it will probably be the municipality’s responsibility to clean up and haul away. Contact your local municipality to learn if the storm damage is theirs to clear up or yours. You might find it’s a combination of the two or be pleasantly surprised you don’t have to do anything.
Pinellas County Urban Forestry staff work collaboratively with multiple departments and programs within the County and organizations in the community. Program responsibilities include the tree maintenance, inspections, development review and appraisal of damaged public trees, urban ecosystem planning, public education and outreach and tree-related emergencies. — Pinellas County Building Development and Review ServicesAs you can see by the nearby quote, the local government will act when it’s necessary. In addition to determining who is responsible for the clean up, you should begin to assess the amount of damage after the storm. Yard waste is one thing, but a car that’s been struck by a falling object and damaged as a result is another. This will also help you in making a decision about filing a homeowner’s insurance claim.