A respected body of scientific research supports the premise that when communities integrate urban forestry practices with their community’s emergency management practices, people and trees can be more prosperous and resilient to storm related natural disasters.
The problem is that without improved collaboration between emergency managers and people with tree related responsibilities, our community’s safety and quality of life are at risk, and communities can face significant economic damage.
To provide community forest managers and stakeholders with tools and guidance for integrating tree management with emergency response, the Urban Forestry Incident Command Engagement Model project was developed by Smart Trees Pacific, XLUR8 Educational and Research Foundation, and the U.S. Forest Service.
A briefing paper about the Urban Forestry Incident Command Engagement Model can be found here.This model and the project will be presented at the Storm Resilient Communities Summit. This first Summit, of what is hoped to be many similar programs held across the country, will be on August 3, 2015 at the California Endowment Center in Los Angeles. More
If you or a colleague is a member of the American Public Works Association, a free Click, Listen, and Learn webinar about the model will be held on November 12, 2015.
For additional resources, download a copy of the Urban Forestry Emergency Operations Planning Guide. This user-friendly guide provides urban forestry professionals concrete approaches when preparing for natural disasters that impact the urban forest, and include valuable information in these sections:
- Incident Command
- Mutual Aid Agreement
- Vegetative Debris
- Conducting a Vulnerability Assessment