CCI portable water sanitation & disaster relief teams provide clean water sanitation. We aid major organizations with natural disaster clean up efforts.
Pacific Northwest (PRWEB) December 10, 2015
Mother Nature is at it again with more intense rain and flooding. Over the past few days some areas of the Pacific Northwest have experienced historic rainfall; homes and businesses have been flooded and dozens of roadways have been damaged or destroyed. The widespread flooding has affected many towns and cities impacting thousands of residents. Lengthy power outages affecting 55,000 customers and the complete shutdown of several combined sewer systems were also reported throughout the disaster area.
As a byproduct of the extreme rainfall, many jurisdictions' combined sewer systems quickly become overwhelmed sending high levels of bacteria and pollution into the streets and downstream rivers. This is because floodwater is combined with municipal sewage and treated at the same wastewater facility. The sewer system is simply not capable of handling the large volume of incoming floodwater. In many cases this renders sewer systems, as well as some potable water supplies, temporarily inoperable. The high levels of pollution present a significant health risk to flooding victims as well as public service employees.
Natural disasters, such as the flooding in the Pacific Northwest, always tend to highlight society's dependence on our modern infrastructure as well as the importance of emergency planning and preparation. Disaster planning should always include provisions for dealing with power outages, failed water and wastewater treatment systems and the probability that a flood will result in a secondary public health emergency for areas where combined sewer systems are utilized.
Emergency planning and response is always challenging; however, the good news here is that Central Coast Industries (CCI) has mobilized large disaster relief teams, dedicated to the effected flooding areas. CCI aids in the recovery of flooding as well as other natural disasters. Working with state and local emergency management officials, CCI steps in to serve the community's needs when the existing infrastructure has failed. CCI provides equipment and trained personnel on staff ready to address the issues of sanitation as well as the need for temporary electricity.
During a disaster one of the primary needs of victims and recovery workers is access to clean and convenient portable sanitation. CCI provides porta potties that are delivered to the disaster area to aid in the recovery effort. Disaster victims, as well as the employees working on the cleanup effort, will be able to use a restroom that is accessible and clean without worrying about making the disaster any worse. Porta potties are strategically located throughout the area making it practical to avoid using the existing damaged or inoperable infrastructure.
If recovery shelters are utilities, porta potties will often be needed to supplement the onsite facilities (if they are even operable in the first place). Typically when shelters are used, the onsite toilets will not be sufficient to handle the increase in usage from the additional people using the system. CCI's porta potties serve hundreds of people including those individuals with special needs and/or young children to care for.
A second issue that has to be addressed during a flood, especially when combined sewer systems are utilized, is the threat of a public health emergency resulting from excess pollution and contamination. When the sewer system falls highly polluted water is sent downstream. Anything that this floodwater touches, including flood victims, becomes contaminated with bacteria as well as potentially infectious diseases. Therefore, decontamination stations will often be needed to stop the spread of disease in a post disaster situation.
Fortunately, portable showers serve as a mechanism to decontaminate those who have come into contact with the dirty and highly polluted floodwater. Trailer mounted showers come in a variety of sizes and can be brought to almost any location including shelters, incident command centers, and recovery stations. With the available shower equipment, potentially hundreds of victims can be treated before they have a chance to contaminate others.
A third issue that almost always occurs with widespread flooding is the loss of electrical power to the area. Temporary power outages can usually be dealt with by the residents, however longer term outages pose a unique threat that, if left unaddressed, may result in a worsening situation. Many homes and businesses derive their heating, cooling, and cooking methods from electricity. In addition to this, electricity is often needed to run pump systems for water delivery, sewage collection, as well as lighting for night time recovery operations.
These disaster areas must be equipped with a variety of commercial power generators that can be rolled in and setup in a matter of hours. These generators run quietly on reliable diesel fuel and can power homes, businesses and even communications towers if needed.
With over 20 years in the business, Central Coast Industry's trained staff assist with the management of many natural disasters. For more information regarding emergency portable clean water sanitation please visit http://www.ccirentals.com/.