TO REPORT STORM DAMAGE OF CITY TREES
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
- Call 9-1-1 first
- Then call our office at (207) 808-5400 to report damage.
- If it is after office hours, call Dispatch at (207) 874-8493 to report damage.
FOR NON-EMERGENCY STORM DAMAGE
- Call (207) 808-5400 during office hours to report storm damage.
- Call (207) 874-8493 during off hours to contact dispatch to report storm damage.
We maintain an Emergency ‘On-Call’ program for arboricultural emergencies that include weather related storm damage & tree incidents.
From April through November, Portland Parks, Recreation & Facilities and the Portland Public Works ‘Communications Office’ maintains 6 day coverage and 24 / 7 Dispatch during winter months.
Major STORM EVENTS
Major events may trigger the City’s ‘Emergency Operations Center’ (EOC) incident command led by Portland Fire Department. This unified effort brings together city departments, utilities, regional & state resources. During ‘tree emergencies’ safety is the number one priority.
Hurricane & Storm Preparedness
Be Ready ! Having a ‘storm plan’ ready is always helpful.
See NOAA web site: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php
Storm damage assessment following an event involves a number of safety / risk factors. This includes but is not limited to:
- Emergency damage
- Power restoration
- Opening streets
- Removing down trees & limbs
Please be patient as we prioritize these damages according to emergency level. The City of Portland Forestry Section works in unison with other City Departments and utilities in this regard.
CAUTION is advised during & after a storm
due to potentially unsafe condition.
‘No Wires are Safe to Touch – Ever ! ’
‘No Wires are Safe to Touch – Ever ! ’ has been the safety slogan of Central Maine Power Company for many years during storm events and power outages – and it is always good advice. After many of our storm events we see unaware public out to survey the damage while conditions remain unsafe. Downed wires can look dead and still be active, those without power and using generators can back-feed lines.