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September 3, 2023

WATCH: Expert gives advice for Hurricane Idalia victims looking to safely clean up debris

CrowderGulf Vice President Reid Loper joins ‘Fox News Live’ to discuss how leaders in Florida have handled the aftermath of Hurricane Idalia.

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August 28, 2023

Readers Digest: 16 Ways to Prepare for a Hurricane Right Now

Don’t wait until a hurricane is headed your way to figure out a plan. Learn how to prepare for a hurricane now to keep your family safe in the future.

Create an evacuation plan
If you live in a hurricane-prone area, formulate an evacuation plan now so you’ll be ready when a storm comes. “Blue-sky days” are the time to plan, says Reid Loper, vice president of CrowderGulf, a disaster-recovery and debris-removal business in Mobile County, Alabama. Loper says that’s when you’re thinking with your rational mind and you’re less likely to make knee-jerk decisions. Don’t wait until the skies are threatening.

“Plan out where your nearest shelter is and the different routes you can take to those shelters,” Loper adds. Call ahead to shelters and hotels to make sure they can take your pets, and listen to local authorities. Many natural disaster survivors wish they had evacuated when warnings came. If you are not asked to evacuate, the safest place to be is an interior, lower-level room away from windows, according to the National Weather Service.

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November 7, 2022

NBC2 - Debris management sites fill up in Lee County as area continues to rebuild after Ian

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — NBC2 got a first look at a Lee County debris management site on the corner of U.S. 41 and Cocoa Road in Estero.

The 20-acre property was vacant until the county hired CrowderGulf as its debris manager. The contractor put a debris removal plan in action as Ian formed in the tropics.

Hurricane Ian left thousands of homes in rubble. CrowderGulf opened 15 debris management sites to process and transport debris to its final destination, like a landfill, scrapyard, recycle center, etc. Debris is separated into vegetation, construction material, and electronic piles.

There, vegetation is turned into mulch through a grinder on site. The mulch is sometimes brought to a sanitization site before it’s sold for profit or laid down in public parks.

CrowderGulf believes the operation’s 350 crews will be needed for 6 to 8 more months.
On Wednesday, CrowdeGulf reported that 3 million cubic yards of debris were processed. The Estero site is responsible for 400,000 of that total.

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