November 16, 2012 (New Brunswick, NJ)óThe first of a series of FREE online seminars to help victims of Hurricane Sandy were held by the NORMIPro Environmental TASC Force (www.NORMIProETF.org) on Friday, November 16, 2012. Lance Eisen, Executive Director of the TASC Force, interviewed a panel of national experts who presented information to help hard-hit Sandy residents more effectively cope with the challenges that resulted from the devastation of one of the worst hurricanes to ever hit the Northeastern seaboard.
The panel included Doug Hoffman, Executive Director of the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (www.NORMI.org) who discussed the importance of understanding how to deal with the rebuilding process when professional contractors are hard to find. "NORMI has done some of the most comprehensive training in mold remediation techniques in the industry today," said Hoffman. "Homeowners need to know how to do the work themselves or understand the process well enough to be sure that those who are doing the work are doing it properly to protect themselves and their employees from the harmful effect of mold and bacteria contamination and to be sure that the structure will be safe for the occupants. Our discounted online training, available at www.BestTrainingSchool.com and my book, Mold-Free Construction, available at www.Amazon.com are full of invaluable information to help the homeowner through this rebuilding process."
Mr. Eisen also interviewed Dr. Doris Rapp, a Board Certified Pediatric Physician who has dedicated her life to helping diagnose allergic reactions. "My book Is This Your Childís World talks about the unrecognized effects of mold contamination," said Dr. Rapp. "My website at www.DrRapp.com is full of great information to help people realize that reactions to poor environments are real and can have long-lasting effects on anyone, even if they donít already have asthma or allergies."
During the one-hour segment, Lee Ann Billings, co-author of Mold: The War Within, Lessons Learned from Katrina, expressed her concerns about people in groups she calls "hidden high-risk groups". Ms. Billings said, "All high-risk groups should be careful to protect themselves by either staying out of mold-contaminated environments or by creating a clean sleeping room to lessen the amount of mold and bacteria contaminants in the air they are breathing." She suggests this can be done very inexpensively with the right kind of air purification technologies. Lee Ann, her husband Kurt, and their children became ill from mold and chemical exposures as a result of Hurricane Katrina and, now recovered, they help as victimís advocates sharing information that is often difficult to dig out from the overabundance of misinformation that seems to follow these kinds of events.
Mr. Eisen also spoke with Linda Eicher, a certified disaster recovery expert, who shared valuable information about preparedness and what steps should be taken immediately following such a disaster. "Resources are often hard to find," said Ms. Eicher. "However, there are often people willing to give of their time and money to assist those who have been left homeless and simply need some financial assistance to get them through events like this."
"The NORMIPro Environmental TASC Force has provided information to the public and will continue to do so through free seminars. NORMIPro Environmental TASC Force members are also available to provide information to the media," Mr. Eisen states. "It is our goal to help as many people as we can. We feel these free seminars are a first step in the right direction."
For more information about upcoming events, donation outlets or to schedule a seminar in your area, please contact Lance Eisen at or call 877.751.3100
Hurricane Sandy Victims Fund
Sometimes it's hard to imagine the devastation that can be caused by a few hours of torrential rain, hurricane-force winds and a storm surge. Residents in the deep South have a lot
of experience with these kinds of weather events but in the Northeast it is rare indeed. On October 28, 2012, Hurricane Sandy came ashore with its eye on New Jersey but the effects were
felt in the North from Maine to North Carolina in the South. The thousand-mile-wide storm triggered power outages that affected millions of homes, laid claim to thousands of homes and
washed away the stability of millions of people. It will take years to recover from the destruction and people who have been displaced will struggle for a long time to make sense of the
The NORMIPro Environmental TASC Force was created for natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy. We want to help those who need financial assistance. By establishing a clear, concise, directive, we invite you to join us in our efforts to support disaster-struck communities by giving a tax-deductible donation. You can be sure that your money will be spent to help others truly in need. Our criteria are simple:
Funding is only for a primary owner-occupied residence. (No vacation or secondary locations);
The residence must be located in a federally declared disaster area due to Hurricane Sandy;
Funds can only be issued to a property owner living in the affected home;
Funding will be capped based on donations and available funds to benefit the maximum number of residences;
Funding applications must be received by December 31, 2012, at ;
Applications will be processed, reviewed, and approved or denied in the order received;
Funding dates may be extended based on available funds and applications;
Funds will only be issued to homes that can be salvaged, repaired, or restored to pre-Sandy conditions;
NORMIProETF reserves the right to require proof of insurance coverage or other funds received by the homeowner before extending funds;
For more information about this fund, please contact Lance Eisen, Executive Director of NORMIPro Environmental TASC Force at 877.751.3100 or