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Our commercial recovery experience in any type of disaster gives us an edge our competitors can’t match. Air Purifying – After a natural disaster, you may notice that the air in your building isn’t as fresh as it used to be. If your Des Moines, Okoboji, Cedar Rapids, Fairmont, Milford, Atlantic, Spencer, Carroll, or Fort Dodge area business get hit by a natural disaster, contact ServiceMaster by Rice. Beyond damaging and destroying physical infrastructure, natural disasters can lead to outbreaks of infectious disease.
Over the past few decades, the incidence and magnitude of natural disasters has grown, resulting in substantial economic damages and affecting or killing millions of people.
Natural disasters can be split in three categories: hydro-meteorological disasters, geophysical disasters and geomorphologic disasters. Hydro-meteorological disasters, like floods, are the most common (40 percent) natural disasters worldwide and are widely documented.
Geophysical disasters are the second-most reported type of natural disaster, and earthquakes are the majority of disasters in this category.
Geomorphologic disasters, such as avalanches and landslides, also are associated with infectious disease transmissions and outbreaks, but documentation is generally lacking.
The overwhelming majority of deaths immediately after a natural disaster are directly associated with blunt trauma, crush-related injuries and burn injuries. The risk factors for increased infectious diseases transmission and outbreaks are mainly associated with the after-effects of the disasters rather than to the primary disaster itself or to the corpses of those killed.  These after-effects include displacement of populations (internally displaced persons and refugees), environmental changes and increased vector breeding sites. Infectious disease transmission or outbreaks may be seen days, weeks or even months after the onset of the disaster. Phase (1), the impact phase (lasting up to to 4 days), is usually the period when victims are extricated and initial treatment of disaster-related injuries is provided. It is common to see the international community, NGOs, volunteers, experts and the media leaving a disaster-affected zone usually within three months, when in reality basic sanitation facilities and access to basic hygiene may still be unavailable or worsen due to the economic burden of the disasters.

Diarrhoeal epidemics are frequently reported following natural disasters in developing countries.
On the topic of outbreak and classification, one final note regarding the myth of infectious disease transmission from dead bodies: Still controversial and frequently overstated is the assumption that dead bodies pose a significant risk for the transmission of infectious diseases after a natural disaster.
Natural disasters and infectious disease outbreaks represent global challenges towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Call your insurance agent to clarify any questions you may have about what type of coverage your policy will provide for the type of damage expected from a pending storm. Also, conventional biocides are toxic by nature and are designed to diffuse or leach into the environment – a potential risk for occupants. Once a natural disaster hits, you need to get the ball rolling on the restoration process as soon as possible.
Structural Restoration – Oftentimes when a business experiences a natural disaster, the structure of the building will be affected.
With those types of resources, we’re uniquely qualified to respond to your disaster situation faster than anyone else. In this article, two UNU-IIGH researchers and colleagues review risk factors and potential infectious diseases resulting from the secondary effects of major natural disasters that occurred from 2000 to 2011, classify possible diseases, and give recommendations on prevention, control measures and primary healthcare delivery improvements.
Recent disasters have shown that even the most developed countries are vulnerable to natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina in the United States in 2005 and the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and tsunami in 2011. The public health consequences of flooding are disease outbreaks mostly resulting from the displacement of people into overcrowded camps and cross-contamination of water sources with faecal material and toxic chemicals. Outbreaks of infectious diseases may be reported when earthquake disasters result in substantial population displacement into unplanned and overcrowded shelters, with limited access to food and safe water. The risk of infectious disease outbreaks in the aftermath of natural disasters has usually been overemphasized by health officials and the media, leading to panic, confusion and sometimes to unnecessary public health activities. Diarrhoeal diseases cause over 40 percent of the deaths in disaster and refugee camp settings. Despite the vast number of deaths resulting from major disasters, no outbreaks resulting from corpses have been documented. In disasters, education on hygiene and hand washing, and provision of an adequate quantity of safe water, sanitation facilities and appropriate shelter are very important for prevention of infectious diseases. If your area was declared a federal disaster area, contact FEMA to discuss what type of help is available. Whether your home or business is faced with a natural disaster such as a flood or tornado, or a local incident, such as a fire or frozen pipes, getting you back in business or home faster is always the No.

Document restoration – If you have documents that got affected by the natural disaster, we’ll do our best to try to restore them for you.
Har-Bro is a full service mitigation, restoration and reconstruction provider for properties damaged by water, fire, flood and other disasters. Our water damage restoration team is certified and licensed to mitigate these problems, and when a disaster hits your home, you can bet we are the best team for you when the chips are down.
Global population growth, poverty, land shortages and urbanization in many countries have increased the number of people living in areas prone to natural disasters and multiplied the public health impacts. A rapid assessment conducted in Indonesia after the 2004 tsunami showed that 85 percent of the survivors in the town of Calang experienced diarrhoeal illness after drinking from contaminated wells.
Investigations conducted in populations affected by flood disasters in 2000 in India and Thailand reported Leptospirosis epidemics. Public health responders should set up a rapid disease risk assessment within the first week of the disaster in order to identify disaster impacts and health needs.
EMDR has been used by returning Iraq veterans, victims of rape and after natural disasters to resolve the perpetual feeling of crisis that lingers long afterwards. We also have national alliances that will help us secure scarce materials in declared disaster areas. If none of that is available, find yourself a bathtub to sit in, as it is the most secure room in the house, away from windows and exposed doors.911 Restoration has over 35 years of experience dealing with water damage and disaster restoration services, and we are dedicated to not only restoring your home or business, but protecting you from future damage as well.
There are a few situations, such as deaths from cholera or hemorrhagic fever epidemics, that require specific precautions, but families should not be deprived of appropriate identification and burial ceremonies for their dead relatives from disasters. Our staff at ServiceMaster by Rice is always ready to work quickly and efficiently to clean up your business after a tornado, flood, or other natural disaster.
Survivors of disaster present a much more substantial reservoir for potential infectious diseases.
The prevention and control checklist provided in our paper shows the measures to be undertaken in order to avoid infectious diseases following natural disasters. So the next time disaster makes its way to you and your property, make sure you call the professionals who will give you a fresh start.

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