Hurricane Safety and Site Preparation Tips from Arwood Waste

After a brutal 2017 hurricane season, we are counting our lucky stars the Atlantic has been relatively quiet this year. While it’s tempting to breathe a sigh or relief, we are not in the clear quite yet. In fact, we are just now reaching the peak of the 2018 hurricane season.

While there is nothing we can do to influence the path of these storms, we can do our best to prepare for them. And the best time to prepare is before a storm is even on the radar. Here are a few tips to help you get prepared at home and on the job site.

Secure Materials and Equipment

Hurricanes can easily damage any materials left outside. Loose materials pose the added risk of becoming airborne as projectiles that can break windows and damage property. Minimize your risks and liability and prevent injuries by keeping your site clear of debris and securing materials when a storm is on the way.


Make sure your construction and roll off dumpsters are tarped and all construction debris is secured so no debris becomes wind borne. Loose materials can become dangerous projectiles, resulting in significant property damage. We offer tarp services to help you secure your dumpsters in preparation for storms.

Portable Toilets and Sanitation Units

Ensure all portable toilets are properly secured and weighted down. You can weight the toilet by carefully placing sandbags inside the unit or you can secure it to another structure, such as a dumpster. If possible, transport portable toilets and other all other sanitation units to a garage to protect them from the storm. If you need assistance securing your portable toilets, we offer services to help secure them to your dumpster. Remember, if your portable toilet or sanitation unit is damaged as a result of the storm, you could be liable for damages unless you purchased a Damage Waiver.

Loose Materials

All tools, equipment, materials and debris should be moved indoors. Arwood Waste will continue to offer cleanup and removal services as long as possible to assist you with storm preparations. Anything that cannot be removed or safely stored indoors should be tied down.

Prepare at Home

In addition to protecting your job site and employees, we want to make sure you are prepared at home. Whether you are planning to leave town to get out of the path of the storm or hunker down in place, here are a few steps you can take to protect your family and your home.

Stock Up

Once a storm is on the radar, grocery store shelves empty quickly. Stock up on bottled water and non-perishable food now. In addition to food and water, make sure you have a radio to track the storm and battery powered flashlights. Be sure to grab plenty of batteries for radios and other electronics you will want on hand as you weather the storm. This way, when a storm is coming, you can focus on securing your home instead of running around town hunting for emergency supplies.

You can download the FEMA Emergency Checklist and the Red Cross Hurricane Safety Checklist to help get you started. The Red Cross also offers resources to identify what you should do before, during and after a hurricane or typhoon to ensure you and your family are safe.

Have a First Aid Kit

If you haven’t already prepared a kit of emergency medical supplies, now is the time to start. If you do have a kit, verify that supplies are not expired and any electronics are in working order and fully charged. Your first aid kit should be stocked with supplies to treat any minor injuries that might occur. If you don’t have one, you can order a first aid kit at Medical Waste 360. For additional information on hurricane kits and supplies, the American Red Cross offers a Hurricane Safety Checklist.

Make a Plan

Don’t wait until the storm is on your doorstep to decide where you’ll go. Roads will become congested and hotels will fill up quickly. If you plan to stay with friends or family, verify that they will be able to accommodate you, your family and any pets. Listen to local officials and evacuate or go to a shelter if evacuation orders are issued for your area. Make sure you know the locations of your local shelters and identify those that can accommodate any special needs, such as pet friendly shelters. You can check online for the location of local shelters and visit the American Red Cross to find open shelters.

Donate Blood

When thinking about hurricane prep, donating blood might not come to mind, but it should. After major weather events and disasters, there is almost always a shortage of blood supply. Getting to a donation center after the storm can be difficult, so before the storm hits, make an appointment to donate. If you live in a state not directly affected by storms, your donation could still help. In emergencies, such as hurricane disaster recovery, your local blood bank could end up sending blood to help affected areas.

Storm Cleanup

After the storm has passed, recovery work begins. While we hope any damage is minimal, storm recovery and cleanup services may be necessary to get your home and work site back to normal.

Demolition Services

At Arwood Waste, we are prepared to mobilize immediately after the storm has passed. Our demolition and emergency clean up services will be available to help assess and recover in the aftermath of the storm. You can schedule an appointment anytime using our online services or by calling 1-855-647-8469.

Air Scrubbers

After storm waters recede, there is still much work to be done. Even with repairs, moisture and unpleasant odors can linger. HEPA air scrubbers and dry out fans help clear the air to get your structures livable as soon as possible. Reserve your clean up equipment online or call 1-888-413-5105.

Stay Safe

Be sure to stay informed and plan accordingly. You can get the latest updates and public advisories at any time from the National Hurricane Center.

Arwood Waste hopes everyone stays safe throughout the 2018 Hurricane Season.

Bradco Environmental llc 5810 Stuart Ave Jacksonville, FL 32254

Bradco Environmental llc

5810 Stuart Ave

Jacksonville, FL 32254

Hanford demolition work could restart later this year.

Hanford workers

RICHLAND, WA – Work to tear down one of Hanford’s most radiologically contaminated buildings could restart in October under new plans to do the work more carefully and deliberately.

The plant could be torn down to the ground by June 2019, completing a lengthy and sometimes troubled project at the nuclear reservation.

Work at the Plutonium Finishing Plant was stopped in December when radioactive particles spread, leaving 11 workers with small amounts of contamination radioactively decaying inside their bodies from inhaling or ingesting the particles.

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Asbestos Hazards in the Demolition Industry


The demolition process poses a variety of on-the-job issues workers have to contend with, including unplanned structure collapses and falling objects. However, exposure to carcinogens can be an overlooked threat, especially without engineering controls and responsible disposal measures in place. Asbestos is one of the most concerning carcinogens found on the job, as fibers easily become airborne when products containing it are damaged. But how can we identify asbestos, what risks are associated with the mineral and how do we protect ourselves from exposure?


A Crucial Building Component


For several decades during the 1900s, asbestos was heavily used as a fortification material in many different applications, including insulation, roofing, and flooring. Asbestos is a naturally-occurring silicate mineral, and possesses many properties deemed desirable by builders, including fire-resistance and relative affordability. During the early 1970s, at its height the United States consumed more than 700,000 tons of the mineral. It could also be found in an array of consumer products, such as children’s toys, brake pads, and cosmetics. However, people who worked closely with asbestos began to exhibit signs of severe illness, typically decades after initial contact. As more people became ill, the federal government began regulating asbestos as well as studying the mineral’s impact on human health.


A Rare, Severe Cancer


Workers complained of a number of symptoms, including chest tightness, fluid buildup in the lungs, and shortness of breath. Doctors eventually concluded that these workers were suffering from mesothelioma, a grave disease caused by direct exposure of asbestos. The cancer may develop when airborne asbestos particles from dilapidated or disrupted materials containing the mineral are inhaled or ingested. These particles become lodged in the body (generally in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart) and, after several decades, can result in mesothelioma. Prognosis is often very poor, with most patients given a life expectancy of just 12-21 months after diagnosis. Treatment regimens can include surgery and radiation, although several emerging therapies, such as immunotherapy, have shown promise in clinical trials.


How to Stay Safe


One of the most important tools every worker should have is knowledge; both about the worksite and what dangers might be lurking around the corner. Adhering to proper protocols, including following engineering surveys and health hazard assessments, should be practiced no matter how small or large the job is. Furthermore, using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can prevent respiratory hazards and chemical exposure from occurring, especially during rubbish removal. Exposure can happen when asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) are improperly disposed of in dumpsters or other trash receptacles, so proper disposal adherence based on municipality standards should always be followed. By sticking to these practices, workers can enjoy a healthy and productive jobsite.

The National Demolition Association

WEKU, a national public radio station, continues their series on “Women leading the way in male dominated fields”. Check out their latest interview with Diana Hagan, the only female in Eastern Kentucky University’s construction management program.

Help Rename National Garbage Man Day and You Can WIN!

Help Rename National Garbage Man Day. Submit your suggestion for a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card and a 50th Anniversary WasteExpo Swag Bag!

National Garbage Man Day stands for more than simply thanking the individuals picking up curbside waste. We believe it is important to celebrate all the men and women who care for our environment and keep our communities clean and safe every day of the year.

We value all waste industry professionals and we want to ensure we represent everyone in the sanitation industry. From drivers and haulers to office staff and support personnel, we want to properly recognize all that you do.

What’s in a Name?

National Garbage Man Day is partnering with WasteExpo and inviting you to help rename National Garbage Man Day. You can submit your name suggestions using the online form or you can visit the WasteExpo Booth #3106 at the 50th Anniversary WasteExpo show in Las Vegas.

Help us improve our celebration with your feedback. Tell us your best idea for renaming National Garbage Man Day.

Enter to Win

The new name will be revealed at WasteExpo’s 50th Anniversary Show in Las Vegas, April 23-26, 2018. Along with the renaming announcement, one lucky person will receive a $100 Amazon gift card and a 50th Anniversary WasteExpo Swag Bag.

What are you waiting for?

Submit your new name for National Garbage Man Day today!

J.B. Coxwell – Demolition Experts – Jacksonville, FL

Demolition Company in Jacksonville Florida

J.B. Coxwell is recognized all over the country for our expert work and experience in demolition. We are licensed to demolish just about anything you can throw at us. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, we execute interior and exterior demolition and vertical building demolition all over Florida and South Georgia. Together with other construction services we create opportunities that weren’t there before. By assisting local government, and community development groups, J.B. Coxwell is also able to turn abandoned properties and rundown sites into valuable segments of the community, which in turn, provides jobs, increases property values, and increases the tax base.

At J.B. Coxwell, we specialize in providing safe and cost-effective, multifaceted, large-scale abatement, remediation, decommissioning, deconstruction, asset recovery, demolition, and site development services for a broad range of private and public clients. Our management team has a uniquely extensive, diverse depth of expertise that includes innovative technical approaches to complex problems as well as experience in construction, site development, environmental regulations, and environmental law.

We hold professional licenses as General, Utility, and Abatement Contractors and pride ourselves in meeting all the needs of our clients in a timely, flexible and professional manner. Our goal is to meet or exceed all scheduling and cost performance goals while ensuring strict compliance with all applicable health and safety regulations, taking pride in our proven history of consistently meeting the most rigorous reporting requirements.

6741 Lloyd Road West
Jacksonville, FL 32254

Steve’s Excavating & Paving, Inc. – Clearwater, FL


Start your demolition projects right with our team. We have 40 years of experience in the area. Our professionals will complete the project in a timely manner. We are completely insured and recycle most of the material.

At Sarnago & Sons Recycling & Materials Demolition Division we specialize in demolition debris. It doesn’t matter if it is residential or commercial. We make it affordable with our own roll-off dumpster rentals.

We’re a family-run company founded in 1978. We pride ourselves on delivering fast, friendly service at an affordable price. We work with our clients to produce the best quality results and achieve complete customer satisfaction.

Contact Sarnago & Sons Recycling & Materials Demolition Department for a complimentary demolition estimate.

Watch the demolition process (click to enlarge and scroll through photos):

Freedom Waste Services – Stuart, FL

Commercial and Residential Demolition Services

Freedom Waste specializes in a wide range of commercial, industrial and residential demolition and excavation practices. Our demolition services ranges from selective demolition to total building demolition and debris removal. Contact us to learn more about our professional demolition, excavation and debris removal services.

Freedom Waste Services

419 NW Baker Road

Stuart, FL 34994