In the wake of devastation caused by hurricane Sandy, many New York parents are concerned about an usual, but deadly issue facing their public school systems. After completing testing of area schools damaged by hurricane Sandy it has been found that many show the presence of toxic asbestos, known to cause mesothelioma and other asbestos related cancers.
Parent Irene Doherty, whose children attend an affected school, expressed concern about the dangers of exposure to school children after inspection officials uncovered loose, friable asbestos in crawl spaces throughout the school. Following the school’s reopening after the storm, officials discovered that there were many areas unfit for human access, due to the extensive damage and potential exposure to asbestos. In response to the issues, parts of the school have been closed, and crews are working tirelessly to remove the asbestos from the affected areas. Notice has also been sent to the parents addressing the situation and assuring them that air quality tests would be released to them prior to admittance of children back into these areas.
Hurricane Sandy affected thousands of families and damaged hundreds of homes, schools, and buildings and had a lasting impact on the entirety of the East Coast. If you or anyone you know has experienced asbestos exposure problems in their school or work place due to damage caused by hurricane Sandy, you should document the exposure as best you can and bring it to the attention of your doctor and the local public health authorities immediately. Staying informed and understanding your rights is the first step towards a healthy and worry free recovery from the storm’s devastation.