Yard Preparation Before A Hurricane or Tropical Storm With the hurricane season at its peak, it's important that we know how to get prepared. Trim or cut back all trees and weak branches that make contact with your home or other structures that could be damaged. Store your tree trimmings such as pine needles, leaves, twigs, etc. in plastic bags. Clean your yard of any items that could become missiles in a storm such as broken lawn chairs, tables or tent umbrellas, etc.