Health representatives from the state of North Carolina and Onslow County were invited to tour the Brewster Middle School campus on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune after Hurricane Florence, Oct. 9.
The pair conducted a walk-through to view the condition of the facility.
“We came out here to look at some of the damage sustained to the building after the storm,” said Walter Doyle, Environmental Health Director of Onslow County Health Department. “We were shown the remediation efforts that took place post-Hurricane Florence.”
The two conducted air quality tests, moisture level tests and visual inspections of the facilities.
“I have 30 plus years of experience in environmental health and safety. I have done this all around the world,” said Pierre Lauffer, Industrial Hygienist, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. “We have a mission; we believe that everyone has a right to a quality of life, a quality of a place to live and a quality of a place to work.
“Our region is a prime location for mold growth; total prevention may be difficult without the proper environment.”
“The main thing for the North Carolina environment is that it is a wet, moist and hot environment. It is very easy for mold growth. Every home and building is going to have mold spores in it,” said Lauffer. “If you have a clean dry home or building you’re going to inhibit mold growth.”