Historic Louisiana Flooding: Having an experienced recovery partner gives you confidence in uncertain times.

With the historic floods covering most of Southern Louisiana, people are scrambling to protect their homes and their businesses. The Amite River, east of Baton Rouge, had some of the most extreme flooding. Nearby towns like Denham Springs and Port Vincent had rainfall reaching 20 inches or more during the period, four times the average for the entire month of August. The disaster area stretches over 20 parishes, the impact of the flood is still onSWS Emergency clean up flooding baton rouge lagoing; floodwaters are draining south and still rising in some areas.

As the water begins to recede in some of the regions and as southern Louisiana tries to move forward, the challenge of recovering from this flood is daunting in part because the disaster caught so many people off guard.

While the National Weather Service had predicted a high risk of serious flooding, the waters rose astonishingly high in places that historically have not experienced flooding. Even for a state accustomed to natural disasters, this flood is being compared to the likes of Hurricane Katrina, and will be a clean up of epic proportions.

We know what you are going through. Our office in St. Gabriel is dry, and our equipment and personnel are prepared and ready get your business or government entity back to work. Our team there knows firsthand the devastation and the area.  Many experiencing loss themselves. The speed and strength of our disaster services can help mitigate long-term cost of recovery and facilitate return sws environmental services flood clean up lato normalcy by allowing our clients to focus on core business efforts.  Services such as flood restoration, vac trucks, pumps, decontamination, drying, mold remediation, debris removal and disposal, fuel and chemical containment and clean up, our crews will make sure you have peace of mind, knowing you have the best in the business working for you. Call us directly at 225-642-7874 or 877-742-4215. We’re available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Employee Spotlight – Marcos Bandala, Nashville, TN

Our employees are the backbone of our company. No matter what your role is in the organization, your contributions, work ethic, appearance, actions, and attitude all represent SWS both externally and internally. We want to recognize those employees that not only reflect our core values but also encourage others to do the same.

This month, we’d like to recognize Marcos Bandala, A.K.A. “Peanut” out of our Nashville Service Center.  Peanut, as he is lovingly referred to by Service Center Manager Shawn Jones, who nominated him for our employee spotlight segment.

Marcos came to SWS in March of 2012 as a Technician III and has marcos 1since attained his CDL. With over 14 years’ experience working as a field technician in construction, on remediation projects, plant decontamination services, vac truck operations and air mover operations, Marcos is a huge asset to SWS. No only is he a dedicated employee with outstanding attendance, but he also brings additional skills, improvisational ability and versatility that has enabled SWS to perform some tasks for customers beyond our typical scope of services. In addition to his field work, Marcos has also become a welder and assisted in repairing numerous roll-off boxes and other non-structural welding repairs. He is self-motivated and adapts to whatever situation or circumstances he’s placed in. His attitude, work ethic and dedication to his job have made him a key asset to the Nashville Service Center.

“Peanut” moved to America from Vera Cruz, Mexico and worked on getting his citizenship for almost 10 years.  His persistent drive to become an American citizen and to live “The American Dream” finally came true a few a few years ago. He finally became a US Citizen.  Shawn was so proud of him, that he attended his CitizensMarcos 3hip ceremony to cheer him on. In his spare time, he also works with other immigrants to help them achieve their dream of citizenship.   When Shawn found out that Marco had never owned a TV, Shawn went to the store and helped him buy his first TV. Needless to say he was late a few days in a row after getting the TV; he didn’t want to leave the house!  To round out his American dream, Marcos got married last month to his beautiful bride, Veronica. Thanks for a job well done, Peanut!

June Is National Safety Month

SWS Environmental Services joins The National Safety Council (NSC) and thousands of organizations across the country as we work to raise awareness of what it takes to stay #SafeForLife. Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the roads and in our homes and communities.  At SWS,  we focus on safety year round, and it is in everything we do, every day.

With the help of some of our employees, we put together a short video to help remind you to always be safe on the job site, by always wearing your PPE (personal protective equipment). We hope you enjoy, and feel free to share with your colleagues and friends, because, when it comes down to it; Safety is EVERYONE’S business.


Zika Outbreak Activates CDC Emergency Operations Center to Level 1 – It’s Highest Level

Tires and abandoned containers are a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

With spring weather comes mosquitos in the United States, the Zika virus – and the mosquitoes that carry the virus – will become a major concern. Standing water, piles of old zika-maptires, buckets, empty drums and other items that can collect and store water become hot bed breeding grounds for mosquitos. SWS Environmental can help your businesses take steps to reduce the number of available breeding grounds for mosquitoes to help protect not only you and your employees, but also the community from the Zika virus.

How Does Standing Water Help Mosquitoes Breed?
Aedes aegypti is known as a “container-breeding mosquito” because it likes to lay eggs in and around standing water. Studies show that mosquitoes prefer to lay eggs in water that collects or is stored in man-made containers. The mosquitoes lay eggs on the walls of water-filled containers. Eggs stick to containers like glue and remain attached until they are scrubbed off. The eggs can survive when they dry out—up to 8 months! When it rains or water covers the eggs, they hatch and become adults in about a week, starting the cycle over again.
Contact us now, and we’ll come out and provide you with a complete assessment of your situation, and then we will determine the best way to get these items disposed of for you with our tire recycling and disposal program. With over 30 years in business, we take health threats like this serious and want to help you protect your business and employees.


Lakeland Linder Regional Airport Conducts Full Scale Emergency Drill

Lakeland, FL – A full-scale emergency exercise, designed to test the capabilities of airport and community emergency response staff in the event of an aviation incident, was held recently at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport. More than 150 individuals from 15 agencies gathered to participate in the exercise. The scenario involveSWS Environmental Services d a commercial aircraft unable to make an emergency landing on runway 9 but instead lands in the Airport’s solar farm, a mile west of the approach at the end of runway 9. Emergency agencies from in and around Polk & Hillsborough County responded to the simulated scenario along with several companies who would typically respond to this type of disaster. Ben Skidmore, Service Center Manager at SWS Environmental Services in Lake Wales, FL was on hand to review the event, as SWS would be called in after the scene was cleared by the FAA and the NTSB, to start soil remediation on the contaminated ground from the release of jet fuel from the crash.

Skidmore states “It’s always great when we can work with the other agencies to see their response to the situation before we can get in there and start our cleanup, like knowing the route the emergency vehicles take in and out of the field, drawing some of the contaminants with them. That’s not something we typically see since we are normally call10550087_391344091036270_5532635336504304433_oed to the scene after all of the emergency personal are gone and the site it released to us. It helps us to stay on top of our game, and make sure we get all of the contaminants removed from the site.”

This exercise allows personnel from the various agencies to apply their knowledge and test their abilities to effectively communicate and work as a cohesive unit. A team of evaluators was present to judge the effectiveness of the exercise and the readiness of responding crews, and the airport and responders passed the drill.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires all FAR Part 139 airports to conduct a full-scale emergency exercise every three years and tabletop exercise every other year to maintain the response effectiveness of each agency involved. This was the first year, SWS Environmental Services was invited to the drill.

Fuel Tank Release and Rescue Drill Helps Keep Response Crews on Top of Their Game

simulated rescue of injured worker during the spill drill

Rescue teams simulate rescuing an injured worker from the roof of an oil tank during the spill drill

Vandolah Power Company in Wauchula, FL recently held a “Fuel Tank Release and Rescue Drill” to sharpen their employee’s skills in responding to an emergency situation at their plant. The company invited Hardee County Fire Rescue and SWS Environmental Services to take part in the activities and provide expert guidance. It was all part of Vandolah’s Emergency Responder Day festivities. Continue reading

Do You Know Your Waste Generator Status?

With Groundhog Day now behind us, Spring will be here before you know it. Old chemicals piling up? Drums with unknown substances inside? Why not get a jump on that Spring cleaning for your business?  As a waste generator, knowing your status is half the battle.  A Generator is defined as: “any person, by site, whose act or process produces hazardous waste, identified or listed in Part 261 or whose act first causes a hazardous waste to become subject to regulation.” Continue reading

Safety Corner: Office and Shop Safety

It’s no joke—office hazards go way beyond paper cuts.

It’s tempting to think that all of your safety and health concerns are limited to the shop floor. But it’s just not true. Keep reading for important information about an office hazard that could have tragic consequences. Continue reading

Expert Spotlight: Why Waste Management Teams are Important

Industrial waste can be difficult to manage.  New laws are being put in place for companies that produce excess amounts of waste or create potentially harmful effects on the air and ecosystem. Continue reading

Employee Recognition: Pat Barker Exemplifies SWS’ Values

We recognize that SWS employees represent our company’s values.  It’s an importance that inspires Commitment, Excellence, Respect, Compassion, Integrity and Enthusiasm. This month, we are taking the opportunity to recognize one of our SWS employees that has performed exceptionally well during their time with the company. Continue reading