Disaster Response Experience / History

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Garner’s experience in the field of emergency response and planning is unparalleled anywhere in the world. Garner is distinguished from other companies in this field by our actual emergency response experience. We bring our response experience and lessons learned to provide a more realistic and practical approach to responding to an emergency. In addition, as a response organization we offer hands-on experience with strategic and tactical decision making skills developed through years of real life situations.

2011

Tornado response for the State of Alabama State of Alabama On-site and operational with-in hours of the event, Garner provided timely services for the State of Alabama that included; state liaison EOC support, logistical operations, generators, base camps, fueling operations, and commodity resources. Garner also provided resources from the emergency through the recovery phase of this event. Mississippi River Flooding, Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, and Ice Storms North Eastern States Logistical operations consisting of; Logistical Staging Area (LSA) facilities staffed & equipped with resource management teams providing material handling (MHE) equipment for Points of Distribution (PODS) operations, generators with…

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2009

Ike Hazardous Debris Sort and Removal Chambers County, Texas, Galveston County, Texas and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Garner Environmental Services, Inc. mobilized in October 2008 to remove hazardous materials and concurrently search for human remains from debris fields which were created by the tidal surge of Hurricane Ike. We were still in theater as of August 01, 2009 and screened in excess of 17,500,000 cubic yards of debris.

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2008

Hurricanes Gustav and Ike Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, City of Port Arthur Texas, Chambers County, Texas, Southeast Texas Area, United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Garner Environmental Services, Inc mobilized for the 2008 Hurricane season in August for Hurricane Gustav and continued its response efforts into November providing services, equipment, logistics, and surge response. Garner supplied the client’s citizenry with emergency power generators for critical needs infrastructure, material handling equipment for emergency goods warehousing and Points of Distribution (POD’s), and emergency pumping assets.

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2006

Tropical Storm Ernesto Flooding (2006-2007) Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) City of Richmond Provided turn-key around the clock supervision for the pumping and decontamination operations from the effects of sewage contaminated flood waters of Tropical Storm Ernesto for over two months. Garner provided personnel, pumps, generators, mechanics, operators, fuel, hoses, etc. in relief efforts for the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Emergency Management. Garner also conducted the gross residential decontamination of several square miles of the Battery Park area of Richmond, VA that were most severely affected by the sewage contaminated flood waters. Initial personnel and equipment…

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2005

Hurricanes Dennis, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma Florida Division of Emergency Management, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, City of Port Arthur Texas, United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Garner Environmental Services, Inc mobilized for the 2005 Hurricane season on July 6, 2005 for Hurricane Dennis and continued its response efforts well into 2006 providing services, equipment, logistics, and surge response. During the unprecedented 2005 hurricane season Garner concurrently managed and operated seven Logistical Staging Areas (LSA) in West Palm Beach, FL; Pensacola, FL; Live Oak, FL; Stennis MS;…

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2004

Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne Florida Division of Emergency Management Garner Environmental Services, Inc. activated on August 12, 2004 and demobilized on October 22, 2004 in response to four hurricane strikes (three major hurricanes). Garner was an instrumental part of the largest Federal Response in the history of the United States, to date. In the response, Garner mobilized, tracked and recovered over 870 pieces of equipment uses for emergency power, emergency pumping and materials handling (i.e. MRE’s, Water and Ice). Garner personnel helped staff and manage the Logistical Staging areas designated by the State of Florida to receive and…

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2003

Hurricane Isabel Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Garner responded with personnel and high volume pumps to the Elizabeth River – Mid Town Tunnel in Norfolk, Va. The tunnel flooded completely due to the storm surge during landfall of the hurricane, cutting off a vital Norfolk and Hampton Roads District artery. Using 6”, 8” and 12” high volume trailer mounted and submersible pumps, an estimated 30 to 35 million gallons of water was removed from the tunnels and associated structures underneath. The tunnel and all vent space was pressure washed and all debris removed during the operation. This operation took an…

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2002

Corpus Christi, Texas Tornado Response – Del Mar College Based upon an existing contract, Garner responded to a tornado strike at the west campus of Del Mar College in Corpus Christi which resulted in extensive damage and one death. Coordinated and managed efforts of subcontractors and maintenance personnel in returning campus to accommodating 80% student capacity within three days (from Sunday to Tuesday) and 100% of student capacity within 6 days. Damaged library temporarily sealed and approximately 17,000 volumes recovered and removed. Low humidity desiccation chamber created at remote location to dry and salvage documents and books, computers and audio-visual…

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2001

Hurricane Michelle State of Florida Deployed from California to stand by in the State EOC in Tallahassee for the approaching Hurricane. Worked with ESF-7 personnel to plan and prepare for a major event in Southern Florida. Hurricane dissipated over Cuba and Garner demobilized to regular duty stations. On-site at the EOC within 12 hours of being requested to respond. Coral Gables, Florida Responded and pre-staged debris removal equipment for the City of Coral Gables, Fla. The hurricane eventually dissipated over Cuba and all equipment demobilized within one week. All equipment was on-site within 4 hours of the request. World Trade…

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2000

Ice Storm North Texas Responded for Department of Public Safety to supply Generators to cities in North Texas. Power was distributed during outages in towns such as New Boston, Texas. This work was performed through the Texas General Services Commission. Equipment was on-site within 6 hours. Florida – Wildfire Provided Type “6” Fire Engines and crews to assist in the firefighting efforts during the 2000 Wildfire Season in the State of Florida. South Florida – Flooding Provided Turn-Key operations for the South Florida Floods in Miami – Dade County. Garner provided Pumps, Generators, Fuel, Hoses, Mechanics, Certified Operators, Forklift Competent…

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1999

Hurricane Irene Florida Utilizing large pumps and water trucks, handled millions of gallons of sewage outfall when system overflowed in West Miami area. Personnel and equipment on-site within 4 hours. Hurricane Floyd Florida Pre-planned Tier 2A equipment package provided with turnkey service (approximately 77 generators). All equipment on-site within 24 hours. Sprayed for mosquito vectors New York Sprayed for mosquito vectors carrying West Nile Encephalitis in New York City and Long Island area using rotary wing aircraft with GPS and mapping capability. Equipment on-site within 12 hours.

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1998

Hurricane Georges Florida Emergency power supplies for State of Florida from Key West to Tallahassee. 125 generators and turnkey service provided. On-site within 18 hours. Tropical Storm Frances Texas Hazardous material and drum recovery for USCG in Houston Ship Channel. On-site within 4 hours. Del Rio, Texas Floods Debris removal, hazardous material removal, and body recovery. On-site within 4 hours. Hurricane Bonnie North Carolina Turnkey emergency power supply for State of North Carolina (300 plus generators). Equipment on-site within 32 hours. Wildfires State of Florida 67 Low Ground Pressure (LPG) dozer crews from Jacksonville to Daytona. 214 personnel and equipment…

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1996

Houston Distribution Incorporated Houston, Texas Multiple Warehouse explosions & fires. Containment, chemical sampling & cleanup, air monitoring & documentation. Hurricane Fran North Carolina Cleanup, removal, & disposal of 5 million cubic yards of debris. Asbestos and hazardous material segregation.

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1995

Bay Count, Florida Rebuild coastal beach berms and dunes utilizing heavy equipment, post tropical storm event. Hurricane Opal Destin, Florida Clear and remove chemical & biological waste from coastal areas.

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1994

Murrah Building Bombing Oklahoma City Search and rescue; logistics support; administration support.

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