A powerful EF5 tornado boasting winds of over 200 mph ripped through the town of Moore, Oklahoma yesterday. As of now, the death count is up to 24, 9 of those being children. The death count has not taken into account the number of people missing still. There have also been countless others injured.

This is not the first time that Moore has been hit with such a devastating natural disaster. In 1999, a “tornado outbreak” totaling nearly 75 tornados struck the same region of Oklahoma and Kansas causing 1.5 billion dollars in damage and 50 deaths.

In the midst of the visible damage that litters the grounds of former neighborhoods, schools, and businesses, is a phantom danger. Whenever there is significant building damage that may affect homes or businesses older than 50 years, asbestos exposure is a risk.

Tips for Safe Clean Up:

  • If you must move debris, consider wetting it down first. This will limit the likelihood of asbestos fibers becoming airborne.
  • Cover the debris with plastic sheeting and duct tape when moving it to minimize the risk of dust.
  • Wear protective clothing while doing cleanup, including boots, overalls, and gloves.
  • Use asbestos-protective respirators during clean up of debris, NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)-approved masks should be worn. Do not wear paper masks or bandanas, as they do not protect you from the microscopic fibers.
  • Wash and shower thoroughly after working to remove dust and fibers that may have landed on you during the work.

Everyone at Mesothelioma Guide sends our thoughts and prayers to those affected by this horrible disaster.

The Red Cross

The Red Cross in providing disaster relief and you can help.

  • Phone: You can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief and have it charged right to your telephone bill.
  • Online: Donate to the Red Cross on their donation page

Also, consider downloading the Red Cross tornado app for safety and preparedness.

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Andrew Devine is a contributing writer for Mesothelioma Guide. He has developed an interest in educating patients and their families on everything from new treatments to what to expect after diagnosis.