Each year severe storms and other natural disasters impact communities around the country. These storms typically generate large amounts of solid waste debris. Impacted communities, residents, and business owners face difficult clean-up and recovery decisions. Government offices become inundated with calls from residents and business owners with questions about debris removal and disposal. Through this EPA funded project, NERC developed a resource guide to assist town officials, residents, and small business owners in recovery efforts. It provides specific information for recovery after flooding, storm, and fire disasters, including water damage and mold removal. “After the Disaster: A Guide for Residents and Small Businesses About Managing Debris Waste” is available as a free download from NERC’s Website.
The resource guide provides information on “pre-disaster” preparedness, restoration, recycling, and proper disposal. Information is presented in an easy-to-use format, providing a general overview of clean-up and recovery, as well as specific information on restoration and recycling or disposal of building components and personal belongings. Web resources and contacts for additional information are also included.
A Disaster Debris Management presentation given by NERC staff is also posted.