storm events that cause excessive tree damage can
rapidly compromise public safety. Communities manage
such catastrophes with varying degrees of efficiency
and often rely on aid from state and federal government
agencies to fund hazard reduction and debris removal.
That aid depends significantly on the ability to estimate
storm damage accurately and quickly.
This protocol introduces a standard method to assess
widespread storm damage in a simple, credible, and
efficient manner immediately after a severe storm.
This assessment method is adaptable to various community
types and sizes, and it provides information on the
time and funds needed to mitigate storm damage.