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HI Feb-March 2018

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Eye on Hurricanes Restoration Pros Share Stories Of What Happens After Disasters Photos & Thermal Mapping By Travis West By Susan Valenti Corliss N ational media coverage on hurricanes, on average, lasts about a week. Al- ways lots of people getting rescued, always lots of water, always a lot of damaged homes and buildings. Some- times the media comes back a month or two later to get a sense of the clean- up work, but not very often. In our line of work, the In- door Air Quality Association (IAQA) offered an amazing real-world view of the work that goes on after the tele- vision cameras leave town. At their annual meeting last month in Chicago, four of the group's members shared the stage about their work and personal experiences after the most recent round of hurricanes in the U.S. John Lapotaire of IAQ Solutions Inc. in Winter Springs, Florida, shares his perspective of Hurricanes Matthew and Irma: There have been a lot of hurricanes recently, and it's not that unheard of to get hit by several hurricanes back to back. In Florida, we were hit first by Hurricane Matthew. We were extremely fortunate with Matthew that it skirted the east coast of Florida. We were hit by a tidal surge and a lot of wind and what doesn't get a lot of glory are the unfortunate tornadoes that follow hurricanes. We ended up with a lot of localized damage from the tornadoes. The big thing that I want to men- tion is the time to restore from Hurricane Matthew and the time to restore from Hurricane Irma and the drastic difference between buildings that could be side by side with similar damage. 8 | COVER STORY— February/March 2018

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