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February 27, 2019
Unrestrained wildfires, record breaking deep freeze, heatwaves, unpredictable floods and devastating storms continue the worldwide pattern of increasingly destructive weather systems. Meteorologists are using choice words to describe these weather events that have decimated whole communities and paralyzed towns and cities. Recently, California wildfires devastated whole towns with populations of 25,000 and they were completely wiped off...
February 4, 2019
"We haven’t inherited the planet from our parents. We have borrowed it from our children.”  Jane Goodall

. The World Economic Forum held its Annual Meeting in Davos last week and environmental issues took center stage. Extreme weather, natural disasters and failure to act on climate change pointed to humanity sleepwalking towards disaster.

 Although there were many impressive world and corporate leaders present the ones that helped...
January 24, 2019
After devastating fires, floods and other disasters rebuilds that take place especially in areas that may be susceptible to future damage need improved building codes and construction standards that better protect properties against future disasters.  I’ve done much research on the best way to move forward with rebuilds after recent disasters. I’ve continued to work with some industry experts that have added to my education on the whole...
January 3, 2019
Roofs are the most vulnerable building surfaces. These take the worst that Mother Nature has to throw. And I do mean throw – hurricanes, typhoons, and tornados. You name it.  As storms intensify, roofs need even more and better protection than other building components. The most vulnerable building surface in any storm or wind event is the roof and the weakest points of a roof are at the seams and wherever there are gaps. So, it stands to...
December 19, 2018
Last week Greta Thunberg stood in front of 190 countries represented at the United Nations COP24 conference in Poland and spoke clearly with a sense of urgency about what irresponsible adults aren’t doing to protect people and the environment. She rightly points out how immature adults are leaving the burden of fixing the problem to their children.  Her speech below is an inspiration and shows how even children can read the indisputable...
November 27, 2018
All fires burning through homes and buildings leave behind toxic ash. Once the flames are extinguished, the immediate danger of the fire is replaced by the potential release of the remaining toxic ash and debris, caused by wind and cleanup procedures.  Smokey filled sky from Wolsely fire The week before last, I was standing on the Ventura CA pier horrified with the amount of smoke quickly filling the sky from the Wolseley fire that...
November 16, 2018
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month including asbestos education, so this is a good time to raise awareness about preventing unnecessary exposure to asbestos that can cause lung cancer as well as contribute to other possible health concerns. As I continue to globe trot, I deal with asbestos in many situations. Internationally, asbestos is found in over 2,000 uses and remains in service making up the content in many building components...
October 31, 2018
Every week there are unusual, destructive weather events throughout the world. These are becoming stronger and more frequent bringing with them record breaking winds and downpours that cause catastrophic flooding and devastating building damage. Buildings and homes are now more susceptible to damage from these powerful storms. The response is to require stronger weatherproofing and tougher building defense, which will protect against these...
October 24, 2018
I’ve spent most of my adult life traveling and working to protect people from the exposure of solid hazardous materials such as Lead-Based Paint, Asbestos, PCBs, etc. by teaching them how to take simple steps to prevent that toxic exposure. I’m horrified as to how much lead-based paint is still manufactured and used throughout the world and happy to know and point to the fact that we here in the United States have an awareness and...
October 10, 2018
Short of moving your building or raising it up above flooding, the best approach to take to reduce storm, flooding and natural disaster losses is to simply use a proven coating to wind and waterproofthe surfaces in the path of destruction. In my last blog, I mentioned where FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) recommended waterproofing the ground floor of buildings that are in the path of natural disasters. This is taking defensive...