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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.

Disaster Response Resources

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.

In The News

Demolition and Construction Companies Mobilize For Massive Recovery Efforts Following Colorado Floods (pdf) - November 1, 2013
National Demolition Association member Fiore & Sons was called out by the state for the disaster response effort, clearing out tons of debris from destroyed highways and shoring up shoulders so that help can safely get through to homes and businesses in the Coal Creek Canyon area.

California Emergency Management Agency Confers with National Demolition Association on Disaster Response Plans (pdf) - September 19, 2013
California Emergency Management Agency invited the National Demolition Association to address its staff on ways demolition contractors’ skills, equipment and experience can help save lives and property at disaster scenes.

Responders Discuss How To Be Better Prepared (article and video) - March 25, 2013
Is San Diego really prepared for a major earthquake? Recovery and cleanup experts still on scene in Christchurch, New Zealand two years after a big quake say chances are we are not.