One-Day Program to Address Hazards of Flood-Damaged Buildings

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If Hurricane Sandy and its recent winter cousin, Nemo, taught New Jersey anything, it was that preparing for the worst is not an option, but a necessity in an era of extreme weather events. And learning what to do after disaster strikes is time well spent.
Months after Hurricane Sandy pounded New Jersey, many people are just starting to deal with the clean-up and rebuilding of their flooded homes and businesses. The health hazards associated with water-damaged buildings are numerous, ranging from the obvious – mold and electrical concerns – to the less well known – asbestos contamination and dangers of microbial agents and pathogenic viruses.

To help homeowners, business proprietors and remediation professionals learn about and address these problems, Rutgers’ Office of Continuing Professional Education is offering a one-day class, How to Deal With Flooded Buildings, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, in New Brunswick.

Taught by Michael McGuinness, a certified industrial hygienist specializing in indoor air quality and a mold remediation expert, this course provides an A-to -Z overview of the many impacts of flooding on buildings.

Through presentations and case studies, participants will learn about a wide range of issues, from structural instability to environmental concerns, and health effects to owner liability. More importantly, attendees will become educated consumers of remediation services and will learn what not to do so they do not make a bad situation worse.

Building owners or any professionals who investigate, clean, repair, inspect or handle the resolution of flood-damaged buildings need to understand and know how to deal with the dangers that may be lurking there. This course will help New Jersey citizens and workers effectively and safely bring houses and buildings back to life.

For more information, including a list of discussion topics, visit the course website http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/ei0304ca.html

Register online, or by calling 732-932-9271.

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