Hurricane Sandy: How to Protect Yourself from Toxic Asbestos Debris

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Hurricane Sandy: How to Protect Yourself from Toxic Asbestos Debris

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) urges you to follow EPA and OSHA guidelines and regulations in order to protect public health. Please share this message with family and friends on the East Coast.

Storified by Linda Reinstein · Fri, Nov 09 2012 09:01:30

The collateral damage for Hurricane Sandywon’t be tallied for decades. There is a great deal of chatter on the news aboutconstruction scams, but nothing was being said about the toxic risk of asbestosuntil the Huffington Post published “Asbestos May PoseHealth Hazards In Hurricane Sandy’s Wake.” An estimated 2,600 tons ofhazardous asbestos debris was removed after the Joplin, Missouri tornado in2011. We can expect much more from a storm as large as Hurricane Sandy.

Whatis asbestos? Where is asbestos found? What do I do about it? Who do I contact? Asbestos is a known carcinogen with nosafe level of exposure. In an ongoing effort to prevent asbestos exposure andeliminate asbestos-caused disease, ADAO created a new PowerPoint, Preventing Hazardous Asbestos DebrisExposure,”to answer these important questions. ~ Linda Reinstein, Co-Founder of ADAO

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Huffington Post Article: Asbestos May Pose Health Hazards in Sandy’s Wake

Asbestos May Pose Health Hazards In Sandy’s WakeAmong the wreckage removed in Joplin, Mo., after the 2011 tornado was 2,600 tons of asbestos debris. "That was a small community," said L…

U.S. Surgeon General Statement: “I urge every American to become aware of the public health issues of asbestos exposure and the steps they can take to protect their health.”

2009 Statement from Acting Surgeon General Steven K. Galson about National Asbestos Week | Asbestos and Mesothelioma World NewsStatement from Acting Surgeon General Steven K.

Hurricane Sandy: Keeping Safe

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What Is Asbestos?

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Where Is Asbestos?

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What Do I Do?

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Who Do I Call?

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Preventing Hazardous Asbestos Debris ExposureAsbestos is a known human carcinogen. During rescue and rebuilding some building materials may contain hazardous materials such as asbest…