7 Facts About Disasters and Why Disaster Response is Important

We live in a world where natural disasters are unfortunately common occurrences, so it is extremely important to always be prepared for them. Get familiar with what kind of natural disasters (hurricanes, tornadoes, landslides, etc.) affect the region you live in and make yourself aware of different distaster response options you have. These services exist to be on-call and offer assistance when you experience an earthquake, house fire, or any other unexpected disaster event. Below are seven facts you should know about disasters.

  • In 2012, 905 natural disasters struck worldwide including tornadoes, droughts, earthquakes, hail storms, floods, hurricanes, and wildfires.
  • It is important to devise a disaster response plan with the older adults in your life. With Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, over half the victims of both catastrophes were senior citizens.
  • Within one decade, from 2002 to 2012, there has been over $1.7 trillion in damages related to disasters. These disasters have affected approximately 2.9 billion people.
  • In 2012 alone, almost 50% of disaster-related fatalities were caused by hydrological events including mass movements and flooding.
  • Hurricanes can reach wind speeds of over 160 miles an hour. Often, these hurricanes can unleash 2.4 trillion gallons of rain in a day causing massive flooding and horrendous wind storms.
  • Floods are the most common natural disasters. In the United States alone, the President declared that over 90% of natural disasters were flood related.
  • Too large of a percentage of homeowners do not have a disaster preparedness plan. A survey conducted showed that 80% of people do not have a home evacuation drill and an additional 60% were not aware of what their town’s evacuation route was.

Mold Inspection Specialist Clears the Air on All Things Cladosporium

Interstitial lung diseases, phaeohyphomycosis, chromoblastomycosis, allergies, hair loss and scalp infections are all known to be caused by exposure to cladosporium. It is a genus of fungi that our mold inspection specialists have encountered during examinations of water damaged homes. So we are encouraging all people in our service area that suspect that their buildings may be harboring colonies of cladosporium to read today’s blog and reach out to us right away.

Upon visual inspection, patches of cladosporium will appear either black, dark brown or olive-green in color. In sufficient number, they are known to give off odorous, volatile organic compounds. Consequently, that’s why the colonies are typically associated with interstitial lung diseases and airborne allergies. It can also transfer from one area to another by physical contact with an affected surface. As such, it could find an opening and make contact with dermis and subcutaneous layers of tissue or irritate the epidermis. In those instances, contact dermatitis, hair loss, scalp infectionschromoblastomycosis and phaeohyphomycosis may occur.

The list of place where cladosporium may show up in a building may be fairly long depending on whether or not the interior environment has a relative humidity level greater than 50% and lots of cellulose surfaces. The list of surfaces and locations includes, but isn’t confined to the following:

  • Variety of Window Sill Materials (e.g. Oakwood and Bamboo)
  • Drapery and Other Window Treatments
  • Bathroom and Kitchen Tile Grout
  • Upholstered Furniture
  • Carpeting and Area Rugs
  • Sheetrock and Plywood
  • OSB furniture and Shelving
  • Subfloors and Tile Floors

To learn more about cladosporium and other genus of fungi best handled by a mold removal specialist, please contact us at Disaster Response Team. We are certified, licensed and recognized by some of the best mold inspection/removal industry entities, including the IICRC.

Mold Cleanup: One Subject Families and Individuals Must Take Seriously

According to the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine’s research, the presence of fungi in indoor environments may cause the buildings’ human inhabitants to experience infections, allergic reactions and premature death. Although we have to say that accidental death due to mold exposure is extremely rare these days. It’s generally confined to populations with existing, life threatening health problems or weakened immune systems. Further proof of fungi toxicity may be found in scholarly articles published in periodicals like the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Journal of Occupations Environmental Medicine. With that said, it’s imperative that Americans take the subject of mold cleanup seriously.

All mold remediation efforts should include plans that help to keep the affected building’s occupants and fungi removal experts’ safe from start to finish. They should also cover issues related to mold containment, prevention, safe removal and post-cleanup. That’s why people who hire mold remediation specialists often notice them wearing personal protective equipment and using one of several, effective, efficient cleanup methods. By the way, the list of professional cleaning methods utilized to remove mold includes, but isn’t confined to wet vacuums, HEPA vacuums, sanitizing wipes and double bags safe enough to hold pathogens.

The one used will be largely determined by the type of indoor mold present and the amount in a given space as well as the lifestyle of the property’s occupants. For example, small mold problems tend to cover less than 11 square feet of indoor space. Moderate problems are normally confined to 100 square feet and anything above that is typically considered to be the basis for a major mold problem. As for the mold type, the ones most likely to hurt children and people with destabilized immune systems are cladosporium, stachbotrys, alternaria and aspergillus.

To discover more about them and obtain information on mold cleanup today, please contact us. At Disaster Response Team, combating unwanted mold is our specialty.