Huntington Beach, California, February 14, 2023
The White House recently approved California’s request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration. The declaration supports the ongoing emergency response efforts in parts of the state with the worst storm damage.
According to an announcement from the governor’s office:
The Presidential Major Disaster Declaration will help Californians in impacted counties through eligibility for several programs and supports, and includes public assistance to help state, tribal, and local governments with ongoing emergency response and recovery costs and hazard mitigation. Today’s declaration makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Merced, Sacramento, and Santa Cruz. Additional impacted counties may be included once storm conditions allow state, local and federal officials to safely assess the scope of damage.
After two months of powerful storms impacting California, property owners and renters need to be aware of the potential presence of microbial and chemical contaminants that may be in their properties. Floodwaters can introduce sewage and chemical pollutants, and even wet properties from leaking roofs can quickly turn into mold infested properties. Mold can grow almost anywhere in a building that remains wet or damp for just a few days.
“Unfortunately, there are now a number of homes, schools and buildings that have indoor air quality problems due to mold,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “It’s important that mold growth be identified and properly remediated so that families and building occupants aren’t exposed to elevated levels of it. Mold is an allergen, respiratory irritant, asthma trigger, and for some people with a weakened immune system, could be an infection risk.”
Dedicated to helping property owners, facility managers and tenants identify exposure risks to mold, sewage, chemicals, lead, asbestos, and other potential dangers associated with storm damage are the scientists at LA Testing. Their California facilities offer laboratory services, sampling supplies, easy-to-use test kits, building inspection tools, air monitoring instruments and personal protective equipment (PPE).
To learn more about storm damage and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) testing services and supplies, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794. For access to IEQ test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.
About LA Testing
LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for environmental and indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, CDC ELITE, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Huntington Beach, San Leandro and San Diego.