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Planning for Natural Disaster Debris

John C. Anders, P.E.

We have all seen news accounts of the physical devastation caused by natural disasters. No amount of pre-planning can anticipate every scenario or combination of disaster and response, but having a plan to work with gives the community a place to start. Consider:

• What kind of natural disaster could happen in our area?
• What kind of debris could be produced? What is the composition of the debris…anything hazardous or toxic or dangerous to public health and safety?
• Where do we take the debris and what do we do with it? How does it get there? Who takes it there?
• What resources do we have to work with – heavy equipment, material handling, emergency services, facilities for and disposal, funding, etc.? What resources do we need? Who’s in charge?

The time to plan HOW to respond to a natural disaster is BEFORE one occurs.

This course is based solely on EPA’s “Planning for Natural Disaster Debris”. 

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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