Flood Safe Habitats: An Organization to Train the Uninsured About Flood Remediation
Flood Safe Habitats’ training programs will provide an extremely cost-effective way to thwart preventable diseases and potential hazards
Information provided by Dan Bernazzani
Daniel Bernazzani, PhD, has spearheaded Flood Safe Habitats, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating volunteers and flood victims of the procedural standard of care that will guard their health and safety and help assure the future health of the occupants of the flooded habitats.
While Flood Safe Habitats is in its infancy, it has already garnered the enthusiastic interest of FEMA, the EPA and numerous volunteer organizations. Operating as a centralized, continually updated source of the most current remediation techniques, Flood Safe Habitats’ training programs will provide an extremely cost-effective way to thwart preventable diseases and potential hazards. Along with the reduction in human suffering, this program should reduce the burden on healthcare and eliminate the duplication of efforts by state and local organizations.
A 501(c)(3) Charity, Flood Safe Habitats is actively seeking donations, especially from those in the industry who best understand the need for, and benefits of, a program such as this. Flood Safe Habitats is in the process of building a web-based training site and also expects to train on-site in the near future. Donations can be made online at www.floodsafehabitats.orgor checks can be mailed to Flood Safe Habitats at P.O. Box 187, 225 Humphrey St., Unit 3, Swampscott, MA 01907. Anyone wishing to personally volunteer their skills may call the Flood Safe Habitats office at 339-440-4282.
Dr. Bernazzani is a past president of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), where he chaired committees on governmental affairs, environmental issues and was vice chairman of institute’s technical division. He is a contributing author and task force member of the industry standards on Professional Mold Remediation (ANSI/IICRC S520) and Professional Water Damage Remediation (ANSI/IICRC S500) and has taught courses throughout North America, Australia and the United Kingdom for professional remediators. He has achieved the industry’s highest levels of certification as a Master Water Restorer and is an indoor environmental consultant. Establishing this national training organization has been his long-time goal and was the major impetus for him to earn his doctoral degree.