PARKERSBURG, IOWA TORNADO RESPONSE
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For Homeowners: Precautions to take while cleaning up your property
- Insulation, dust and potential asbestos materials in homes can create breathing hazards to homeowners, clean-up workers, volunteers and all involved in a disaster clean-up effort. Dry, windy weather also causes dusty conditions which may create additional breathing hazards.
- It is highly recommended that a dust mask be worn when you work on property picking up debris, etc.
- If you suspect asbestos is present, consider using a specially trained contractor to remove the material. The Iowa Division of Labor maintains a list of licensed and permitted asbestos contractors, available at www.iowaworkforce.org/labor/asbestos.htm.
- If possible, and if water is available, wetting down these materials will help control dusty conditions. Asbestos materials should always be wet during removal.
- In handling suspected asbestos materials, EPA recommends that, at a minimum, you wear gloves, goggles, and an OSHA-approved respirator, if available. Though not a legal requirement, this is for your protection.
- If you have questions or need additional information please call EPA at 1-800-223-0425. This phone is answered Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. After hours and over weekends, you can leave a message, or go to the EPA Command Post located in Parkersburg. Your calls will be returned as quickly as possible.