Portland Parks, Recreation & Facilities and the Portland Public Works ‘Communications Office’ maintains 6 day coverage from April to November (Monday – Saturday) and 24 / 7 Dispatch during winter months. 

Call (207) 874-8493 During non DPS hours contact the Public Safety Office. 

We maintain an Emergency ‘On-Call’ program for arboricultural emergencies that include weather related storm damage & tree incidents. 


During major storm events Public Works Department Forestry Section crews are joined by city staff from other sections & departments. Major events may trigger the City’s ‘Emergency Operations Center’ (EOC) incident command led by Portland Fire Department. This unified effort brings together city departments, utilities, regional & state resources. During ‘tree emergencies’ safety is the number one priority. 

Hurricane & Storm Preparedness 

Be Ready ! Having a ‘storm plan’ ready is always helpful. See NOAA web site:

Storm Restoration

storm damage assessment following an event involves a number of safety / risk factors. Power restoration, removing down trees & limbs, opening streets are part of the overall restoration effort. The City of Portland Public Works Department – Forestry Section works in unison with other City Departments and utilities in this regard. CAUTION is advised during & after a storm due to potentially unsafe condition. 

‘No Wires are Safe to Touch – Ever ! ’

‘No Wires are Safe to Touch – Ever ! ’ has been the safety slogan of CMP for many years during storm events and power outages – and it is always good advice. After many of our storm events we see unaware public out to survey the damage while conditions remain unsafe. Downed wires can look dead and still be active, those without power and using generators can back-feed lines. STAY SAFE !

Central Maine Power Company offers storm & power outage information:

Storm Safety

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