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Husqvarna employees volunteered to assist in storm cleanup following the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. (Photo: Christopher Cole)

Husqvarna employees volunteered to assist in storm cleanup following the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. (Photo: Chris Cole)

When meteorologists started talking about the potential path of Hurricane Ian, a team at Husqvarna sprang into action. Volunteers from across Husqvarna’s U.S. dealers and offices offer storm cleanup services to the underserved in areas hit hardest by storms.

Volunteers teemed up with a local church to source homeowners and families in need of assistance in their storm cleanup efforts. (Photo: Christopher Cole)

Volunteers teamed up with a local church to source homeowners and families in need of assistance in their storm cleanup efforts. (Photo: Chris Cole)

“We’ve done several of these,” said Chris Cole, North American sales manager for parts and accessories. “Many of us here at Husqvarna are passionate about helping people and we’re in a good spot to help with tree cleanup. I initially started doing this type of work with my church and then more and more people internally at Husqvarna wanted to get involved and it has morphed into what it is today.”

Such was the case with Hurricane Ian, a Category 4 storm, which brought 7 feet of storm surge and sustained winds of 150 mph to the Sunshine State. Cole sent out an internal call to arms to Husqvarna employees that are past volunteers. A small group gathered their own Husqvarna chainsaws and other equipment, borrowed some from the company and made their way down to Florida to offer their time and services.

Cole coordinated with a local church in Punta Gorda, Fla., to secure housing and food for the volunteers ahead of the storm and then coordinated with the church to find families needing assistance.

“They help us figure out where the need is going to be,” he said.

Volunteers brought sleeping bags and stayed at the church to not take up hotel rooms or alternative housing for those fleeing the storm.

“Some people in storm impacted areas have lost everything, but they are still so grateful for our help,” he said.

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Christina Herrick

About the Author:

Christina Herrick is the editor of Landscape Management magazine. Known for her immersive approach to travel from coast to coast in her previous stint as senior editor of American Fruit Grower Magazine, she uses social media (Twitter/Instagram @EditorHerrick) to share her experiences on the road with her audience. Herrick has a degree in journalism from Ohio Northern University. She can be reached at cherrick@northcoastmedia.net.

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