Natural disasters are inevitable. Whenever catastrophic meteorological event wreak havoc across a community, call on an Urban Forest Strike Team (UFST) to assess your local canopy.
UFST has one mission, two words- disaster relief.
This organization is comprised of certified arborist and foresters who provide hands-on assistance to municipalities impacted by natural disasters during the late stages of response accelerating recovery. After the destruction of Hurricane Katrine in 2007, the USDA Forest Service grant provided the foundation for an exceptional group to assemble. This fearless group has been deployed 12 times in the southeast coast, each time providing unique actions to satisfy specific needs of the community.
This national collaboration program has been effectively cleaning up the wreckage of natural disasters for 10 years, continuing to evolve into a task force that can more effectively access risks, provide post-disaster assistance, and pre-disaster planning. After the initial incident report has been made, UTFS may be deployed upon requested. Spatial analysis tools such as GIS and Itree provide real-time data that assesses what trees were impacted, where they are located, the extent of the damage, and whether the damaged trees pose a risk. A full strike team is composed of two team leaders, 10 task specialists (five crews) and one GIS Specialist.
This organization is receptive to the somber state of the community, therefore working as efficiently and optimistically as possible. The leaders of UFST are respectful and empowering to the situation when called to action. The leaders share knowledge to reduce risks and maximize safety.This group suggests every community make an Urban Forest Emergency Management Plan to secure the safety of your trees.
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