Coastal areas in New Jersey are susceptible to storm-related flooding. These storms pose a threat to human health by the spreading of toxins when floodwater encounters toxic materials stored in homes and businesses. The threat continues to grow with the increase of precipitation, storm intensity, and sea level rise, resulting in more flooding and spreading of toxins.
During intense storms, toxic materials stored in homes and businesses have a major impact on human health. Many businesses have on-site toxic materials but have a limited capacity to learn and implement best management practices. Small businesses in particular usually do not have environmental health managers, safety managers, or departments for risk management. Most of them are located in residential or commercial areas, exposing their waste to a large number of people during storm events.
Camden County, along with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the New Jersey Work Environment Council, and Sustainable Jersey, have provided a number of Best Management Practices to businesses regarding safe use and storage of toxic materials and to also improve worker safety, profitability, and the safety of surrounding properties and neighborhoods. The goal is to make our communities safer, healthier, and more resilient. These practices will include finding non-toxic alternatives and better storage management. This will result in a reduction in public health threats and environmental impacts caused by toxins.
Please review the documents below for additional information and feel free to print and post these flyers in your workplace.
Please use the links below to view our flood management PDF’s