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USWTMC Specialized Emergency Response Trainers (SERTs) initiated deployment to North Carolina in response to Hurricane Florence. The SERTs are on the ground to provide guidance and training to union members, workers, communities and volunteers, who are recovering from the destruction. Those who are recovering, cleaning up and rebuilding face a myriad of hazards associated with hurricanes and flooding such as mold, infectious disease transmission and more.

Week One: Sept. 23-29, 2018

Week Two: Sept. 30 to Oct. 6, 2018

Week three: Oct. 10-17, 2018

Arturo Archila of United Steelworkers (USW) Local Union 4-406 and Luzdary Giraldo of Local 4-406 were the next two SERTs on the ground. After arriving on Wednesday, the SERTs spent the following day confirming scheduled training, connecting with existing and new contacts, and preparing training materials. The SERTs continued their outreach efforts into Friday.

On Saturday, the SERTs collaborated with AFL-CIO representatives to conduct a two-hour mold awareness training for members of the community, including community leaders, union members and more. About 100 participants attended, and the SERTs distributed 90 National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) booklets with health and safety information on protecting oneself while facing hazards associated with floods, hurricanes and mold exposure in English and 10 in Spanish. Later Archila and Giraldo attended a relief concert for the community and distributed 20 more booklets. On Sunday the SERTs met with Chip Hughes of NIEHS to discuss upcoming training opportunities. They also distributed 10 more booklets in English and two in Spanish.

Archila and Giraldo kicked off Monday with a meeting including members of NIEHS and other prominent organizations in the area which are similarly grant-funded. The SERTs conducted another two-hour mold awareness training at a nearby church after, and then distributed 80 more NIEHS booklets.

On Tuesday the SERTs visited United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local Union 1208 conducted small workshops for union members and distributed 200 NIEHS booklets in English and 20 in Spanish. In the afternoon, they facilitated a two-hour mold awareness course and distributed 120 more booklets. Archila and Giraldo concluded their first full week of deployment on Friday with a meeting with members from Manos Unidas.

Posted In: AFLCIO, CWA, Environment, Health and Safety, Labor Institute, Mazzocchi, MRNY, NDLON, USW

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