SHC And the Moore, OK Tornado Part Two

Kristal Armendariz brings us part two in her own words.

Loaded down with supplies, we left Las Cruces , headed north to Albuquerque and took a hard right on I-40. The sense of community and support that we first saw in our home town only grew as we traveled through the country. Passing cars honked and waved their support. People signed the trailer and stopped to talk to us at gas stations, eager to be part of something bigger than themselves. We hit Amarillo, Texas just after midnight, pulling into a KOA campground to rest for a few hours. Almost immediately, our heavy trailer sank in the mud and we were stuck. This was our first run in with the aftermath of storms. The night before a tornado and thunderstorm had swept through the area and the ground was soaked. A local towing service came out and pulled us to safety. After seeing the signs on our trailer the driver refused payment, instead sending his own well wishes along to the people of Moore.


We arrived in Oklahoma the next morning. After dropping our daughter off at her softball camp, we took a drive through Moore to get a first-hand look at the damage. To say it was devastating is an understatement. We stopped at an intersection in Moore. On one corner, a CVS Pharmacy stood untouched. Across the street, a Walgreen’s was boarded up – the pharmacy operating out of a portable with an emergency medical clinic and donation station set up under a tent in the parking lot. Just behind it, there were acres and acres of land that had once been a subdivision.


Nothing was left but a few of the larger trees, limbs stripped of leaves and branches. The homes that once lined these streets were gone, vehicles buried under debris, overturned or wrapped around trees. And in the midst of this turmoil was evidence of humanity: cases of water left on street corners, children’s toys arranged in the driveways of homes that no longer existed, flags waving proudly amid the rubble and spray painted messages of hope.


The next morning we headed to the Center for Children and Families, Inc. They had just taken possession of a church that they plan on remodeling into a new and improved facility. Inside, stacks of diapers filled the front of the room and cans of formula lined the first few pews. The staff was very gracious and welcomed us with open arms.


Mike Armendariz, Las Cruces Division Manager, took control of the trailer and we set up a human chain to bring in supplies. Including the team and parents we had over 35 volunteers working together to unload and we needed every single one of them!


They didn’t have any water stockpiled, so it was especially gratifying to see the cases of water and sports drinks grow. I didn’t realize we had collected as much as we had!


This entire experience has reaffirmed my faith in the inherent goodness of people and the resiliency of the human spirit. It has also taught me to be grateful for each day I have with those I love. You never know what tomorrow will bring, so make today matter.

SHC Awarded San Francisco Housing Authority Contract

SHC has just been awarded a multiyear contract, competitively bid, for Hazardous Materials Abatement and Remediation Services for the San Francisco Housing Authority. SHC will be providing abatement services throughout the +-9000 housing units managed by SFHA in San Francisco. The management of SFHA awarded the new contract to SHC based on our performance to date in working with them.
“I’m delighted to be working with SFHA for a further 2 years, this really does validate the quality service that we strive for”, explains CA divisional manager Mike Hegarty. “And I think this contract award shows this”.
But price wasn’t the only factor that SFHA used in their decision. SHC has consistently provided safe, quality abatement services to the residents of SFHA.
“SHC does a great job and I’m delighted to be working with them”, said James Mark of the SFHA. “ I know I can rely on them to work on projects that have a short timeline and to get it done right.”

And here’s Mike explaining why he does what he does.

Insurance Coverage

Southwest Hazard Control, Inc. has an insurance policy that is designed specifically for Environmental Contractors and Consultants which combines Commercial General Liability, Contractors Pollution Liability and Professional Liability coverage into one policy to prevent gaps in coverage.  Southwest Hazard Control, Inc. also maintains Auto Liability (including transportation pollution liability), Workers Compensation and Employers Liability & Excess Liability coverage.  Primary coverage is written with companies rated A+XV by A.M. Best.  Excess coverage is written with a company rated AXII by A.M. Best.


Coverage limits are as follows:

Commercial General Liability (Occurrence):             $1M Each Incident / $2M Policy Aggregate

Contractors Pollution Liability (Occurrence):             $1M Each Incident / $2M Policy Aggregate

*includes coverage for asbestos, lead & mold

Professional Liability:                                                  $1M Each Incident / $2M Policy Aggregate

Auto Liability:                                                               $1M Combined Single Limit

*includes Transportation Pollution Liability and MCS-90 endorsement

Workers Compensation:                                             Statutory Limits

Employers Liability:                                                     $1M Bodily Injury by Accident – Each Accident / $1M Bodily Injury by Disease – Each Employee / $1M Bodily Injury by Disease – Policy Limit

Follow Form Excess Liability:                                     $9M Each Occurrence / $9M Policy Aggregate

*schedule underlying coverage includes Commercial General Liability, Contractors Pollution Liability, Professional Liability, Auto Liability and Employers Liability

SHC has the capability to provide up to $20M liability limits, if required.