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Protecting against Asbestos Exposure in a Natural Disaster


Asbestos is a natural mineral that was used throughout many homes and other types of buildings prior to the 1970s. It is not harmful when it is contained, but when disturbed asbestos can break apart, causing the release of some of the tiny fibers of which it is made. These little needle-like fibers are dangerous because they can contaminate air, water, and soil leading to inhalation and ingestion.