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The City of Titusville, Florida / Emergency Management / NewsPreparing Your Yard for Hurricane Season
TITUSVILLE RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO CONDUCT PRE-STORM PREPARATIONS AND CLEAN-UP OF THEIR YARDS
Being “ready” for Florida’s annual hurricane season by our citizens involves a lot of initiatives. In addition to preparing an all-encompassing family emergency plan, our community members also need to address property safety, which affects not only their own property, but that of their neighbors and of our community in general.
Residents need to prepare their yards NOW for our active hurricane months (June-November). Prepare yards by removing dead or dying trees and tree limbs and trimming weak tree branches and overgrown bushes. Remove from the yard and properly dispose of all unused and inoperable items, such as damaged lawn furniture and broken bikes and general debris.
Because of a storm's powerful winds, uprooted trees and broken limbs are the leading cause of knocking down or pulling up power lines
Because loose debris in the yard become deadly missiles to humans and will fly into glass windows or rip apart screened-in porches and pool enclosures during high winds
WHY CAN’T I WAIT TO DO ALL THIS UNTIL A STORM IS PROJECTED FOR OUR AREA?
Because as a storm becomes imminent, your limited time and attention can be put to better use preparing your home and your family. Be honest, wouldn’t your yard preparation become the last on your list of priorities, if accomplished at all?
Because if everyone waits until a storm is on the way to prepare their yard, it becomes a logistical nightmare of time, manpower and equipment to pick up all debris throughout the entire city within a limited timeline while still maintaining other necessary core services such as garbage pick-up. It simply can’t be done effectively.
Titusville’s Solid Waste Division provides pick-up of yard trash, vegetation debris, and tree trimmings schedules. Contact the Solid Waste Division at 383-5755 for pick-up days for your location.
For successful pick-ups, adhere to the following requirements:
Cut tree limbs to no more than 4-5 feet in length and stack them in a uniform direction.
Don’t mix yard junk and tree limbs in the same pile.
Make sure that yard junk and tree limbs are placed well away from mailboxes and from under power lines to allow collection equipment to safely remove them.
When possible, place smaller yard vegetation debris in trash containers (not plastic garbage bags) for easier, cleaner pick-ups.
Don’t pile yard debris/trash in the roadways that would impede traffic or interfere with storm water drainage.
Construction materials are not picked up by the City, but can be taken by the homeowner to Brevard County’s Mockingbird Facility in Titusville at the intersection of S.R. 405 and Park Avenue. Residents may contact the Solid Waste Division at 383-5755 to determine if what they have constitutes construction materials.
NOW is the time to prepare your yard for high wind events! If residents have any questions concerning debris pick-up in Titusville, contact the Solid Waste Division at 383-5755.