Disaster Response

The National Demolition Association provides tools to local communities to prepare for a natural or man-made disaster and provides member companies resources to improve their availability to provide support during a disaster.

Demolition contractors were involved with the disaster response teams of 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing and the 1994 California earthquakes and many demolition contractors' staffs include HAZWOPER trained labor forces who are experienced working with unstable structures and disposing of hazardous materials.  Qualified demolition contractors with experience moving large amounts of debris and removing structures of all types provide invaluable support during a disaster response.


The NDA has developed several resources to help local and state firefighters, police and disaster response teams partner with demolition contractors to improve their response capabilities. The NDA provides resources to the first responder community to help them recognize the characteristics and capabilities of a qualified demolition contractor and connects them with trained and experienced contractors before a disaster strikes.

The NDA White Paper - "How Demolition Contractors Can Strengthen First Response Team Efforts" describes the invaluable skillset that a demolition contractor brings to the disaster response team.

The "Demolition Contractor Skilled Support Personnel Pre-Qualification Checklist" can be utilized to pre-qualify contractors as a skilled support provider prior to a disaster, large or small.

To receive a hardcopy of these materials or to schedule a speaker for your Disaster Response Team, contact the National Demolition Association at or 202-367-1152.


Nydia Camacho's ankles are swollen and puffy after days of sleeping in a compact car with her two teenagers.
Several properties prone to flooding across the state are going to be demolished as part of a FEMA program to cut down future flood damage costs.
President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a $19 billion natural disaster relief and recovery bill that includes billions for infrastructure repair and replacement.
The Senate on Thursday passed a long-overdue $19 billion disaster aid bill that will enable work to continue at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

IN Demolition Contractor Helps with Disaster Response Training - July 25, 2017
For over 40 hours in May 2017, a collection of national and international agencies – including NDA member Brandenburg – gathered to pull off a large-scale training exercise at a partially demolished Radisson Hotel in Indiana.