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Smart Trees Pacific: UFEOP Guide Now Available

It should not come as a surprise that we are in a new era of catastrophes. In fact, 91 percent of Americans live in places at a moderate-to-high risk of earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, or high wind damage, according to an estimate calculated for TIME by the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute at the University of South Carolina.

The Urban Forestry Emergency Operations Planning Guide (UFEOP Guide) provides urban forestry professionals with concrete approaches when preparing for natural disasters that impact the urban forest. The methodology included an extensive survey, interviews, meeting of experts, and review by professionals.

The guide contains these 10 key components of preparedness, identified as important in the survey and through interviews: planning, communications, contracts, incident command system, inventory, mutual aid agreements, training, vegetative debris, and vulnerability.

The UFEOP Guide development team believes that the reader will find this guide useful in planning and preparing your community’s response to storms. A well thought-out and tested storm preparedness protocol is essential in this era of increasing storms across the urban forest.

Smart Trees Pacific (Friends of Hawaii’s Urban Forest) is an environmental, non-profit organization that provides technical and material resources to best use urban trees as a dynamic resource that will enhance and manage sustainable communities. For more information about the UFEOP Guide, visit the Smart Trees Pacific website or contact Teresa Trueman-Madriaga, Friends of Hawaii's Urban Forest.