prepare for hurricane?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ofishil, Aug 10, 2004.

  1. ofishil

    ofishil LawnSite Member
    from TX
    Posts: 124

    do any of you guys offer services for hurricane preparedness? Like boarding up windows and such. It would seem to me that since we already have our foot in the door it would be easy to sell some stuff to them. Maybe this could help out on slow times. Well if you do what do you do and how much do you usually charge?
  2. Moe Fish

    Moe Fish LawnSite Member
    from Fla
    Posts: 72

    So let's say you sale them this service and some of your stuff fails to hold up. Do you pay for the loss of the house?
    The most overlooked thing is all the crap laying in the yard...chairs, kids toys ect and even if you pick up everything that could blow and cause damage what about the guys stuff from down the road?
  3. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,381

    Clean-up after Hurricanes is big business. But I wouldn't do preparation work for hurricanes. Too many liability problems could come up and put you in deep sh/t.
  4. broken leg

    broken leg LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 285

    I make big money after hurricanes. Love to grind those stumps and clean up brush. If it's a big one and comes in here hard will have plenty of work till summer mowing starts back up.

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  5. GeeVee

    GeeVee LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 421

    I have enough to do with my own home and shop and other property.

    I'd rather not have any fingers pointed at me either.

    Not to say I haven't done it. But it was for free and she had no one else.
  6. ofishil

    ofishil LawnSite Member
    from TX
    Posts: 124

    i just talked to a guy and he said that new homes in my area have got to be supplied with plywood that is precut for the windows. Do you guys think just precutting plywood for windows is a risk. Not actually installing it. You could make a couple of bucks of each board and money off of cutting each board.
  7. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,458

    The best thing to do to prepare for a hurricane is to get your own stuff ready.

    Fill all fuel containers
    Stock up on 2 cycle oil
    Fill and check all vehicles
    Check out your generator
    Fill all coolers and ice chests
    buy several gallons of drinking water
    Service chain saws and sharpen chains
    Stock up on extra chains
    Stock up on bar oil
    Dig out the chain saw safety gear
    Find all your chains and heavy ropes
    Set up accounts with 2 or 3 rent-a-drunk companies
    Fill butane grill tanks or but some charcoal
    Locate temporary debris dump sites
    Throw your lawn furniture in the swimming pool
    Stock up on canned stuff you can eat on the run.

    After the storm, get several extra people and take care of all your accounts ASAP then look for extra work. Tell the temp labor company that you would like to get people with tree trimming experience if possible. You should take care of all your accounts first and bill them for the extra work. If you don't take care of your accounts first someone else will do it for you.

    Take a couple dozen donuts to the temp labor management every time you use their people. You will almost always get better workers.

    Start working after the worst of the storm is over. You should eyeball all your accounts to decide what to take to each job. You can begin work while the wind is still blowing and the rain is falling because all the damage will already be done.

    Be extremely careful with trees blown against other trees and against buildings. They are an accident waiting to happen.

    Been there, done that & bought the T-Shirt!

    Pensacola, Florida
  8. Ol'time Lawncare

    Ol'time Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 497

    i'm there right after the storm. we have 30 lawns so i can get around pretty fast... waitin right now for this storm come are way this week end!
  9. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,389

    Used to work for a town. We had to board up the pubic building and be on call 24/7 to remove downed trees. Good money but I do not miss it. They have their own public works now. If you can call it that.....:)
  10. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,905

    Oldtimer summed it up... A guy who owned a tree service I used to work for, said back in the 80's ( I can't remeber which storm he said it was.. ) He took two trucks and 4 guys down to Fl. after a big storm.. And made $16k clear in 5 days of work....I'm eyeing some saws already.....

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