May 31, 2012
Non Members: $300.00
Debris Management in Emergency Situations:
As the effects of natural and man-made disasters become more rapid and wide-spread, government at all levels must grapple with the limitations of its capabilities. Large amounts of debris can present serious disposal problems for state and local communities. Cleanup activities after a disaster can pose significant health and environmental challenges. The amount of trash generated by a disaster can be overwhelming.
So, how do we deal with the clean-up in the most sustainable and environmentally- friendly way? Preparing for natural disasters can greatly reduce the risks to health and the environment. The main priority is to focus on those recovery and collection activities that will be the quickest to implement, with the least amount of human exposure to any hazardous or toxic materials. There are typically two major phases to a debris management strategy. The first is the removal of debris which could cause an immediate threat to public safety (highly unstable structures, clearing of roadways, etc.). Generally, the opportunities for diversion and recycling during this phase will be limited. The second phase is long-term debris removal associated with recovery. This phase provides the greatest opportunity for diversion and recovery.
This session will highlight what agencies have experienced in regards to recent Flood, Hurricane and Fire disasters. Questions to be discussed include:
* How they prepared?
* Were their preparations adequate?
* How did they deal with the situation as it was occurring?
* How did they deal with the situation once it was stabilized?
* Did they utilize new processes or technology?
* What environmental challenges/ sustainability practices were utilized?
* Did different situations require different strategies?
* What lessons were learned and what would they do differently?
After viewing this program, participants will be better able to:
- Develop a plan for debris removal
- Determine what factors need to be considered when dealing with debris caused by an emergency situation.
- Consider environmental implications of the emergency situation.
||Kurt D. Blomquist, PE
Public Works Director
City of Keene
||Ronald M. Smith
Asst. Public Works Director
City of Gulfport
Ronald M. Smith
Assistant Director of Public Works
City of Gulfport, MS
Ronald M. Smith is the Assistant Director of Public Works and the Assistant City Disaster Recovery Coordinator for the City of Gulfport, MS. Ronald is an Executive Board Member of the South Mississippi Regional Response Team (SMRRT) and a retired Master Chief/E9 Equipment Man who has served 22 plus years with the U.S. Navy Seabees.
Mr. Smith's special training includes: MDOT Project Development Manual Training, NEMO Non-point Source Education for Municipal Officials, MEMA I-200-Basic Incident Command System Training, HLS/MEMA WMD: Incident Management/Unified Command (MGT-313 & ICS-300 Equivalent & Compliant) Training, Proper Interviewing & Hiring Techniques, and other numerous technical training courses.
Ronald has 33 plus years experience in Leadership/Personnel Management, and more than 25 years experience in Equipment Maintenance/Program management in the automotive, construction, and material-handling equipment arena.
||Carl Quiram, P.E., PWLF
Director of Public Works
Town of Goffstown
As Director for Public Works for the Town of Goffstown, New Hampshire, Quiram is responsible for the management and direction of 135 miles of roadway; the operation of the Town’s transfer station; the curbside collection of refuse and single stream recyclables; the hauling of collected material to end processing/disposal sites; cemetery maintenance; maintenance of the Town’s fleet of vehicles; maintenance of the sewer collection system; MS4 maintenance; and facilities and grounds maintenance.
Quiram has demonstrated his professional expertise in numerous projects for the Town of Goffstown, including the construction of and relocation to a new public works facility; closure of the Town landfill and creation the first New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services-approved recreational reuse in New Hampshire; development and implementation of a long-term road plan to update an aging roadway network; design and construction of one of the early roundabouts in the state; and the implementation of an Infrastructure Management Plan to inventory and assess condition of all GIS assets. “Carl has become the ‘go to guy’ when state agencies want advice on local infrastructure projects. His leadership is founded in his expertise and enhanced by his ability to articulate the issues and build consensus for solutions,” said the Commissioner of New Hampshire Department of Transportation, George N. Campbell, Jr.
Over the years, Quiram has also offered his expertise to assist New Hampshire citizens as well as his community. In 1999, Governor Shaheen appointed him to the New Hampshire Solid Waste Task Force, which was convened to study the effects of limited disposal capacity and too few private vendors in the solid waste industry in New Hampshire. Quiram has also recently been appointed to the NHDOT Transportation Appeals Board.
Monte Vista Associates, LLC
Dave Bergner retired from the city of Overland Park Kansas where he was Superintendent of the Overland Park, Kansas, Public Works Department Maintenance Division. He was responsible for a staff of 75 involved in field operations including street, storm water, traffic and fleet maintenance, snow removal and emergency operations.
He was with Overland Park for 20 years; prior to that he was with the City of Kansas City, Missouri for nearly 15 years, mainly in Traffic Operations. He has a Master’s degree in Management.
He is an active APWA member and has been involved in the following committees:
Winter Maintenance Subcommittee: Member (7/09 - 12/14)
Emergency Management Committee: Member (9/11 - 8/13)
Preparedness and Planning Subcommittee: Chair (1/11 - 9/12)
Prevention Subcommittee: Committee Liaison (8/11 - 9/12)
Road Safety Subcommittee: Member (9/11 - 9/12)
APWA Technical Committees
kansas City, MO