Check your trees
Most damage to a property during severe weather occurs when limbs or trees fall. High winds and saturated soil conditions typical of winter storms can cause tree roots to fail and branches to weaken. The heavy rainfall is what causes the ground to be so saturated and makes the trees unstable. Trees that retain foliage in winter such as conifers and certain oaks are most at risk for damage because the foliage adds weight and wind resistance. None of this is any easy experience for a homeowner. That is why pre-storm strategies are recommended to identify potentially hazardous conditions and to help reduce the risk of damage before harsh weather occurs.
In many cases, hazards are not always obvious to the untrained eye and correcting them can be a dangerous job. While it is impossible to totally protect your trees and property from severe storms, a certified tree specialist can inspect for issues that could predispose trees to failure. This could include a climbing inspection or an analysis of decay that may be present in the branches, stems, or roots.