New Disaster Response Group Names NDA Expert to Board

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Tom Stahr, chair of the National Demolition Association’s Disaster Response committee, represented the demolition industry at the meeting of The International Emergency Management Society, where the first official USA chapter was formed

National Demolition Association is promoting the message of disaster response and preparedness.

"[the demolition industry has] the skills and resources to...facilitate a quicker, more effective, and safer response and save lives"

Tom Stahr, Chair of the National Demolition Association’s Disaster Response committee, has been appointed to the Board of the newly formed U.S.A. Chapter of The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS).

TIEMS is a global forum for education, training, certification and policy in emergency and disaster management. The U.S.A. Chapter was formed at the TIEMS 2014 U.S.A. Conference held at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. The new organization is led by Kay Goss, former Associate FEMA Director during the Clinton Administration and current CEO for World Disaster Management.

At the University of Southern Mississippi gathering, Stahr presented a paper on recognizing and removing barriers preventing utilization of demolition and debris removal resources during a disaster response. The paper is co-authored by Mark Shaurette and Randy Rapp, professors with Purdue University College of Technology.

“I’m honored to serve on the Board of the new U.S.A. Chapter and look forward to working closely with the disaster response community as a representative of the National Demolition Association, the leading trade organization for our industry,” Stahr, a senior consultant with Environmental Resources Management, said. “Based on our real-world experiences filling key roles at past disaster sites, we know we have the skills and resources to help First Responders and other groups facilitate a quicker, more effective, safer response and save lives.”

Earlier this year, Stahr presented an additional paper on the benefits of public/private collaboration to emergency management experts from around the world at a conference at Purdue University. A copy of the paper is available at

To view the Disaster Response resources, visit the NDA website.

About the National Demolition Association

The National Demolition Association is a non-profit trade organization representing approximately 800 U.S. and Canadian companies and many international firms that are involved in the demolition process. Membership includes demolition contractors, general contractors, civil engineering firms, and recycling, landfill, and architectural salvage operations. The association’s efforts help members stay abreast of environmental, regulatory and safety matters, keep regulators informed about issues facing the industry, increase public and industry awareness, and provide members with networking opportunities and information on the latest technical advances in equipment and services. The website is Twitter: @NDAMakingWay.

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