A note from our Chief Engineer
September saw the arrival and passage of Hurricane Florence. Recovery from Florence has begun and will continue for some time. Now, October has seen Hurricane Michael make landfall in the Florida panhandle affecting a widespread area reaching into Georgia. While the impacts of Hurricane Michael are still being assessed, our thoughts are with those directly affected. The repercussions of both Florence and Michael will be felt by those in their paths for years to come. We at EDT recognize the human toll such events take and share in the grief felt as a nation.
Engineers at EDT have been involved in the evaluation of hurricane-related losses for almost 30 years, providing EDT with the experience necessary to quickly and accurately respond after the landfall of a major hurricane. With 65 licensed engineers as full-time staff, EDT has the capacity to handle multiple and large assignments dealing with industrial, commercial, and residential properties.
EDT began making preparations to assist our clients with the recovery process; obtaining housing near the affected areas, coordinating the schedules of our engineers and technicians, and establishing the appropriate administrative processes to ensure that we can respond quickly when needed.
As always, EDT is also prepared to deal with the emotions of loss and recovery. While our task typically involves evaluating property damage, we recognize that we are also interacting with individuals who may have lost more than property, and we strive to treat those individuals with dignity and respect.
With humility and respect,
Mark D. Russell, Ph.D., P.E.
Chief Engineer and Consulting Engineer