Disaster debris—cleaning up after the ShakeOut

The Wikipedia entry for “emergency” lists a common understanding of priorities. In a disaster, the first priority is saving people. The next priority is protecting property. Preserving the environment takes third place. Because the environment is lower on the list, preparation to minimize environmental impacts is not given as much attention.
Once a year, many public agencies and some private sector partners participate in an annual earthquake drill known as the “Great Californ...

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