AshBritt Environmental is a national turnkey rapid-response disaster recovery and special environmental services contractor.
AshBritt is well-versed in all aspects of debris management operations. This encompasses emergency push operations for critical facility and priority route clearance; right-of-way debris collection; curbside segregation; DMS reduction and final disposal; permitting; DMS site closeout; final reconciliation and auditing. AshBritt understands that operations must be conducted in a symbiotic manner with the client with full transparency.
AshBritt will mobilize an established management team and necessary resources immediately to initiate and conduct, under a supplied plan, emergency road clearance of debris (“first push”) from pre-specified primary transportation routes as soon as it is safe to enter work zones (generally, within 6 to 12 hours or sooner). Street clearance is accomplished by removing large debris from public roads, complexes and stacking it on public rights-of-way (ROW). Generally, debris will not be collected during this stage, though under extraordinary circumstances debris removal may be conducted. AshBritt immediately determines the scope of work required, activate sufficient resources, and mobilize manpower and equipment. The primary goal here is to create immediate safe passage for emergency response vehicles and equipment. Mechanized rubber-tired lifting and pushing equipment and specialized ground labor with chainsaws and other hand tools are used to complete this phase of work. Estimates from the initial damage survey will determine the required response necessary to facilitate a rapid recovery.
Our prime task for our jurisdictions in a disaster will be debris collection and removal from the public right-of-ways and other public property. AshBritt will begin mobilizing personnel, materials, and equipment to or near the geographic area in a coordinated effort with the jurisdiction as soon as a disaster event is deemed imminent in order to respond within a timely manner of the NTP.
The initial damage assessment typically determines the areas with the greatest needs. We prioritize our crew assignments around these needs. We will conduct strategic meetings with the jurisdiction and all collection crews prior to dispatch. The jurisdiction is notified continually of all progress, and any special requests they may have are swiftly and appropriately addressed. Generally, all disaster generated debris on public property and public rights-of-way, including debris placed on rights-of-way by residents, is eligible for collection. Ultimately, however, the jurisdiction and/or FEMA will determine debris eligibility on the project. Given the typical diverse make-up of a debris stream, vegetative debris is segregated from non-eligible and eligible debris to the best extent possible at the loading site. Construction and Demolition (C&D) debris, mixed debris, and other non-hazardous debris is separated further at the disposal site.
Curbside segregation of debris is required prior to debris removal when not previously accomplished by property owners. Typical segregation categories include household garbage, construction debris, vegetative debris, household hazardous wastes, white goods, and electronics. The crew composition for AshBritt’s response team has been developed through years of experience and assessment. The typical crew composition offers the highest degree of professionalism, safety, and efficiency available in the disaster response services industry. The typical Debris Segregation Crew (DSC) and equipment is comprised of: 1 Supervisor (with proper safety gear), 3 Laborers (with proper safety gear), 1 Skid Steer Loader with grapple (rubber tired).
The topography and soil/substrate conditions should be evaluated to determine best DMS site layout. When planning site preparation, AshBritt think of ways to make restoration easier. For example, if the local soils are very thin, the topsoil can be scraped to bedrock and stockpiled in perimeter berms. Upon site closeout, the uncontaminated soil can be spread to preserve the integrity of the tillable soils. AshBritt will use our DMS site baseline data checklist before operations begin and use those during and after to ensure that site conditions are properly documented. AshBritt holds maintaining and restoring the natural environment to the same condition at which time it was utilized to one of the highest priorities.
AshBritt conducts the following reduction operations for the respective debris streams:
AshBritt will coordinate the following closeout steps with each jurisdiction to comply with all local, state, and federal regulations:
AshBritt assures that any jurisdiction in which we operate a DMS it will be properly remediated. There will be significant costs associated with this operation as well as close scrutiny by the local press and environmental groups. Site remediation will go smoothly if baseline data collection and site operation procedures are followed. AshBritt has operated more than 50 DMS sites at one time and is able to consider all environmental factors that may be affected by the project.
AshBritt is able to conduct removal, transport and disposal of abandoned vehicles, boats and other vessels to include aggregation staging; inventorying and indexing for easy location and retrieval; Information dissemination; owner contact; and supplemental investigations for proper disposition will be conducted. AshBritt also conducts decontamination and recycling of vehicles and vessels and has a significant amount of experience removing abandoned vehicles.
AshBritt conducts underwater search and rescue; vessel recovery; underwater welding and salvage; debris removal from canals and waterways; deployment of divers; deployment of remote operated vessel (ROV); deployment of barge and landing craft as work platforms for equipment and supply transport; mechanical and hydraulic dredging of canals, marinas and navigable waterways. In 2012, New Jersey tasked AshBritt to remove vessels from the bay following Hurricane Sandy.
Whether oil spills are on water or on land, it requires a contractor that has the environmental project experience to properly collect, remove, and dispose of the oil in an environmentally conscious manner. AshBritt is able to provide the necessary personnel to conduct beach cleanups; tar ball spotting in the water with skimmer boats, aircraft, and personnel; maintain containment booms; proper safety suits and other necessary personal protective equipment.
AshBritt is able to provide snow management operations for communities when snow fall gets past the point of simple road maintenance. From plowing to removal, salt spreading to transporting, each event can require a different combination of techniques to clear the rights of way; AshBritt is a full service contractor that is able to address each client’s snow/ice support needs. AshBritt assisted over 43 clients during the Halloween Snowstorm event in 2011.
AshBritt is a full-service, single-source contractor able to coordinate and deliver turnkey emergency response, environmental remediation, and recovery and restoration services. We can minimize the worry and confusion surrounding a client’s recovery, restoration, and build-back needs following a major event. Through our own resources and through our teaming partners, we will ensure that these vital offerings are handled professionally, completely, and expertly.
Emergency Water/Ice – Supplies of water in gallon, 2-ltr bottles, or bulk potable water tankers; supplies of bagged ice (50-100lb), reefers/fridges, as needed, delivered to a central distribution points within 24 hours. Logistical managers and POD supervisors to oversee the orderly distribution and tracking of provisions.
Emergency Housing – Secured temporary housing and turnkey base camps to support local and out-of-area relief workers, representatives and residents can be established within 48-72 hours following a major event. Base camps will be scaled and equipped to meet event scenarios. Hard-sided and soft-sided tents, CONEX systems, or other modular structures can be supplied and fully managed.
Mobile Kitchen and Shower Units – As an extension to camps or as specific areas, these units, serving for disaster support workers, local representatives, and residents can be delivered, set up, and powered by generators within 48 hours. Multiple configurations and output available. Full oversight and maintenance of facilities.
Canteen, Commissary and Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) – Full canteen and commissary services, serving hot breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as mid-rations can be established, and expanded to support local relief representatives, workers, volunteers and residents; MREs and heater meals can also be distributed systematically.
Emergency Power Generation – Temporary power generation for critical facilities can be delivered, set up, and maintained if the normal power supply is disrupted. Emergency light towers can be delivered and distributed throughout the affected area and work sites.
Light Sources – Provision of light and power sources within 24 hours of request from the Authority. Capable of supplying these items to multiple locations simultaneously without interruption. Supply of necessary light towers and power plants site-wide, as required.
Satellite Service/Communication Infrastructure – Satellite telecommunication service can be supplied, to a greater or lesser extent, contingent on the magnitude of the event and scope of damage. Services will support telephone and online internet access. Various equipment/configurations available depending on scenario.
Emergency Fuel Supply – Through strategic coordination and partnerships with wholesale fuel distributors, fuel can be supplied immediately and as necessary to maintain continuity of vital services.
Temporary Offices, Warehousing, and Container Storage – Mobile command centers, temporary offices, critical document and asset warehousing, and storage containers (CONEX or other) can be supplied in any configuration to meet local needs. Temporary prison facilities can also be delivered and maintained.
POD Manpower & Equipment – All necessary manpower, management organization, equipment and supplies (i.e., forklifts, pallet jacks, lighting, hygiene stations, traffic devices, trash collections, etc.), community relations and security personnel, and other provisions to safely and efficiently deliver water, ice, meals, tarps, food supplies or any other commodity or supplies.
Emergency Barge Transport – When major bridges and access routes to areas surrounded by water are damaged and transportation is impeded due to storm damage, vital equipment and supplies may require transport by barge. Multiple major vendors and subcontractors are committed to AshBritt.
Emergency Roof Tarping, and Repair – Coordination and work of temporarily patching roofs when permanent repairs cannot be made immediately, mitigating further damage. Multiple, experienced crews can be deployed. Also, distributing tarps to residents from PODs.
Fire Suppression Support – Provision of water trucks and personnel as necessary to augment local water supply systems. Trucks with minimum capacities of 2000 gallons, which are filled and outfitted with valves compatible with fire hose connections meeting NFPA standards.
Sewer/Catch Basin Clearing – Removal of storm-generated sediment/debris from storm water sewer systems aids the prevention of secondary flooding. Clearing is normally accomplished using industrial VacTrucks.
Mass Decontamination – Decon of buildings and facilities after detection of bio/chem toxic, harmful agents.
Drying-in Services – Emergency temporary dry-in of public facilities to include removal and disposal of affected building materials, securing structural openings, dehumidification and moisture abatement. In 2008 following Hurricane Ike, AshBritt was tasked by Orange County with providing building restorations services for 16 government buildings.
Mold Remediation – Identification and remediation of mold in buildings and facilities.
Dead Animal, Livestock, Fish Collection – Collect and lawfully dispose of animal, bird and fish carcasses from public property and right-of-ways. Specialized crews are dispatched to specific locations where remains have been identified to collect, haul and dispose of all carcasses as directed by the County.
Planning for disaster response and recovery cannot be overstated; it is paramount to the success of any recovery mission. As a value-added service, AshBritt will encourage our clients to partake in our sponsored annual pre-event planning sessions. We, and ultimately the client, benefit from being able to lay a solid foundation for future recovery efforts. We are also able to develop our professional relationship with the emergency operations staff.
AshBritt provides training opportunities to our clients in order to learn and adapt to experiences and trends. They are customized to meet specific client needs, often after direct input and inquiry from the client. From Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, to winter storms across the US, to trends taking place in FEMA and other federal agencies, AshBritt continues to evaluate and compile lessons learned for our clients and staff.
AshBritt’s emphasis on providing a culture of safety is most evident by the fact that we have been awarded multiple safety awards in the construction and disaster recovery industry. Health and safety plans and provisions include training all personnel on the proper use and application of PPE, sanitation concerns, housekeeping priorities, First Aid requirements and accident/incident reporting. These innovative programs foster a safe working environment for everyone.