(Chicago, IL, August 31, 2005) – Disaster Kleenup Internationalhas responded in force to the significant emergency responsechallenges created by Hurricane Katrina.

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The most destructive storm to hit the U.S. mainland sinceHurricane Andrew in 1992, Katrina may end up being the most costlynatural disaster in US history. The storm left a path ofdestruction, flooding, and property loss that cut through thenorthern Gulf coast from west of New Orleans to east of Mobile, AL,before heading north through the eastern half of the country. Thecities of New Orleans, LA; Biloxi, MS; and Gulfport, MS are amongthe larger metropolitan areas that will be forever changed by thestorm's intensity. The current estimated costs of the storm rangefrom $10B to $25B.

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Before Katrina landed, local DKI members were already preparingfor the storms' assault. Water removal and drying equipment weremoved into mobile trailers, commercial structures were boarded upwhere DKI had pre-disaster plans in place, and contingency resourceplans were put into action.

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Elsewhere across the country, DKI catastrophe response teamsfrom Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, North Carolina, Illinois, Missouri,Minnesota, Tennessee, Florida and Pennsylvania began loadingequipment into trailers and setting off for staging areas outsidethe storms' expected path. Once in place, the teams awaited wordfrom DKI's central command post in Chicago to be dispatched to theareas most in need of assistance.

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The extent of the damage, including the complete lack of water,electricity, and other necessities in many areas, has made accessto many affected areas impossible at the present time. While DKI'srecovery efforts have started in many inland areas, along with tensof thousands of local residents, it still awaits approval from theNational Guard and other state and federal bodies before it canbegin the cleanup of many coastal areas.

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Unfortunately, the damage has not been confined to just the GulfCoast. Several DKI member companies have been working for over aweek in Florida restoring property damaged by Katrina's initiallandfall, and many other DKI member companies are responding towater and wind damage throughout Georgia, South Carolina, NorthCarolina, Ohio and other areas damaged by Katrina's only slightlymore subdued path north, as well as the ancillary tornados itproduced.

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All told, more than 10,000 pieces of portable equipment,including air movers, dehumidifiers, generators, and portableextraction units are either currently in place or stagedimmediately outside the hurricane ravaged areas. And more is on theway as another group of DKI catastrophe response teams is waitingto see where they can best lend assistance before mobilizing theirresources. It is expected that within a month over 30 DKI companiesfrom around the country will be in the Southeast aiding theirfellow members and the property owners affected by the storm.

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For homeowners, property owners and managers, and governmentofficials seeking the most up-to-date information on the disasterrecovery efforts, DKI has established a web-based resource atwww.hurricanecatastophe.com which provides important updates onstorm activity, as well as how to prepare for a storm beforehandand respond to its impact afterwards.

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More information about DKI is available atwww.disasterkleenup.com.

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