Amidst speculation of toxic chemicals in the Harvey flood waters, EDR, the leading provider of environmental risk and historic property use information and technology, has launched an event response website to provide free data, maps, and access to its online community of experts. The company has unlocked access to a variety of data sets that could assist in the Hurricane Harvey recovery, including important government records about environmental hazards and geospatial data for the location of properties that create, manage, process, transport or dispose of various hazardous chemicals and petroleum products.
EDR’s Harvey Response Center will dynamically expand over the coming days to provide additional data sets like water wells and flood plain information as conditions in the impacted area evolve. The company will also fulfill custom data requests from local officials and first responders free of charge. “Just like so many other organizations and individuals, EDR wants to contribute to the recovery effort in any way we can” noted Chris Aronson, EDR’s CEO. “We are in a unique position to supply information about environmental risks and historical property usage that proved to be valuable during the aftermath of Katrina and Sandy. Combined with access to a network of environmental engineers, we hope these resources will be helpful to efforts on the ground in Texas”.
EDR founder and chemical engineer, Anthony Buonicore points out “The area impacted by Hurricane Harvey is bigger than Hurricane Katrina and Super Storm Sandy combined. With so much industry in and around Houston, the environmental impact of the storm is likely to play out over a long period of time.” Buonicore continued, “There is a lot of speculation and alarm about toxic chemicals in Houston. For example, drums of stored hazardous waste may have been picked up by flood waters impacting commercial and industrial facilities that generate hazardous waste. These drums can represent significant risk. Residents should refrain from any contact with them and immediately notify environmental officials of their location. ”
The company has also opened its web-based community, EDR Connect, to the public. EDR Connect is an online destination where environmental consultants and other real estate experts exchange ideas and answer questions. Residents, first responders, government agencies or anyone impacted by Harvey can ask questions about potential hazards to experts nationwide. Said Aronson, “The environmental professionals in the Houston area will play a massive role in the recovery efforts for many months to come. We are happy to connect the public and public servants to the experts that can assist them with their immediate concerns.”
Access EDR’s Harvey Response Center at edrnet.com/Harvey.