Why Expert Aid is Imperative to Catastrophe Recovery

As with any threat of flood, catastrophe response teams were on high alert as tropical storm Karina charged up through the Atlantic late this summer.


Reports from Hawaii’s news media, following the hurricane scare, claim that the “The 2014 Pacific Hurricane Season has been a busy one, and already the Eastern North Pacific is on its third name storm Cristina.”


Hurricanes present a very real threat to property and life. Although it may seem like old news to hear of Hurricane Sandy, nearly two years later restoration teams are still working on America’s east coast to repair buildings and roads.


CNN reports that the category 2 storm that ripped through New Jersey and New York in the fall of 2012 caused “$50 billion in preliminary damages.” Further economic damage was incurred by the loss of revenue from damaged businesses as they waited for water damage clean up teams and industrial hygiene crews to restore safe working conditions.


Statistics compiled by CNN also noted that while Hurricane Sandy initially caused a total of 147 deaths, an additional 75 deaths resulted from “unsafe conditions after the storm (e.g. vehicle accidents from hazardous roads, heart attacks, accidents from downed power lines, etc.).”


Whether a catastrophe is caused by a natural disaster or by flooding from a human created system, rapid response from expert teams can help to decrease health risks, prevent further loss of life, and reduce delays in a business’ ability to run.


Catastrophe Response


Following a large loss, catastrophe response teams offer a variety of services that relieve the stress of recovery as well as shedding light on concerns of which a typical business owner may be unaware.


Whatever the catastrophe, business leadership figures are often overwhelmed with the demands of their employees and clients, the facility itself, and sometimes a media presence can plague them for answers if the facility creates risk for the community.

With so many stressors, time-consuming paperwork required by insurance companies, dealing with the media, and setting restoration plans in motion may be too overwhelming or confusing for local leadership to handle.


Teams at SRP Environmental are experts at working with adjusters, restoration project managers, and client representatives to develop a site-specific, insurance-approved scope of work which addresses affected building materials, contents and employee exposures in an effort to minimize loss of business, owner liabilities and the overall financial impact of the loss.


Restoration Services


Lauded by a recent blog on Good Info, one of the most frequent first responses after an initial catastrophe is water damage clean-up. From high water levels to mold development, flooded businesses face serious safety risks and health hazards after a flood.


Additionally, many of the services offered by SRP Environmental’s industrial hygiene experts are valuable in the wake of major catastrophes. Analyzing everything from mold levels and radioactive material to air quality and structural integrity, scientists and engineers collect samples and data to develop unique restoration plans for a damaged site.