Hurricane season is upon us. It began June 1st and runs through November 30th (as most of us know living in Florida). Here is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) outlook for 2021:
Unlike some other natural disasters, the onset of a tropical storm or hurricane is predictable—and, as a result, lends itself to early preparations for minimizing its effect on a facility. Hurricane-force winds and associated storm surge can cause widespread damage. The main and immediate focus after a hurricane event is rescuing and responding to those in need of aid, and the impacts you see in the wake of a hurricane can be devastating; homes, buildings, and infrastructure are often damaged.
What sometimes goes unnoticed initially is the environmental damage caused by these events. Storms can cause releases of toxic chemicals into the environment. These chemicals could contaminate soil, surface water, and/or groundwater. Toxic chemicals can be released into the environment from the facilities where they are used, stored, or manufactured, but they can also be released from damaged boats, vehicles, tanks, or stray containers, which may include gasoline, oil, propane, anti-freeze, and a variety of other toxic chemicals.
Having the necessary containment and protocols in place can prevent releases. Our team of environmental scientists can assist with a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan as a precautionary step. We are also fully prepared and ready to assist you with any emergency or environmental situation after a storm. Please contact Environmental Risk Management, Inc. (ERMI) at (888) 368-6468 or firstname.lastname@example.org.