Disaster Recovery Services

ATL is highly experienced and fully equipped to bring our clients to full recovery quickly, effectively, and efficiently. Since 1992, we have successfully completed over 25 separate debris missions in Florida, which included exclusively water-based operations as well as special environmental considerations.


Response operations focus on clearing emergency access routes and main arterials to facilitate search-and-rescue activities and to provide access to hospitals and emergency health care facilities. Access roads for the emergency operations center, supply distribution centers and shelters, as well as other emergency operations infrastructure also take priority. This is often referred to as the “push”.

ATL can provide crews and equipment to supplement our client’s labor force to carry out the emergency push. Our company fleet of specialized heavy equipment allows us to position crews wherever and whenever needed; in 2005, we were present in both Coral Springs and Miami Springs before Hurricane Wilma impacted the area. Our crews will not interfere with the recovery efforts of client labor forces or those of other agencies, and they work hard to maximize efficiency and meet reimbursement requirements.

ATL’s specialized equipment – such as our Tigercat feller bunchers (tree cutters) and Kobelco excavators with specialized attachments – makes quick work of large trees and other obstacles blocking emergency routes.


This phase refers to debris collection, reduction, recycling and final disposal, as well as to the development and management of temporary debris management sites or TDMS. Different handling and disposal methods are required for different debris types, and hurricanes generate a broad variety of debris streams: vegetative, construction & demolition (C&D), household items, hazardous waste, household hazardous waste, white goods, soil, sand and mud, vehicles and vessels, and putrescent debris. ATL’s crews are familiar with these debris streams and their proper handling. ATL is committed to recycling, and we make every effort to maintain segregated debris streams and to recycle when possible.

ATL can provide the means for both aerial and ground surveys of the damaged area in order to facilitate accurate debris volume estimations and project management.


ATL maintains a fleet of grapple trucks, dump trucks, bulldozers and loaders for rapid mechanical debris loading and hauling. All ATL trucks and subcontractor vehicles undergo a rigorous safety check and certification process to verify their hauling capacity before assignment to a work zone. We work with monitors to carry out periodic random recertification as the work progresses, per FEMA 325 recommendations.

We strongly encourage residents to segregate their debris when placing it at the curb for collection, and we can support client public information efforts with our hotline, available to residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We provide scripted material for use on information resources such as radio, television, internet, and mass messaging vehicles, etc. that are available to the public. Our Public Relations Manager is available for consultation at no additional cost to our clients.


A DMS is a location to temporarily segregate and reduce debris before it is hauled to final disposal. It is generally used to expedite debris collection operations when landfill space is limited or when the landfill is not in close proximity to the debris removal area.

ATL can assist with the selection and permitting of potential TDMS sites, and we are experienced in the collection of baseline study data, environmental monitoring during site operation, and site closeout. We operate a debris management site and recycling yard 365 days a year, and we have the full range of Diamond-Z grinders, power screeners, loaders and excavators to operate multiple TDMS sites simultaneously. We processed and disposed of over 1,000,000 CY of debris in 30 days during Hurricane Wilma.

ATL is committed to reducing the impact on Florida’s landfills. We reduce all clean vegetative debris for use as fuel or mulch, and we recycle metals and clean concrete whenever possible.


ATL has ISA-certified arborists that are trained in the identification and removal of hazardous tree, limb, and stump removal operations. We also have a range of specialized heavy equipment – such as our Tigercat feller bunchers, bucket trucks, chippers, and cranes – that make short work of leaners and hangers.


  • Marine Salvage Operations
  • Waterway Debris Removal and Bank Stabilization
  • Beach Shoreline Restoration


ATL provides emergency support services to our clients when normal delivery of these services has been interrupted by a disaster event, such as:

  • Emergency supplemental collection of residential and commercial solid waste
  • Mobile Command Centers
  • Emergency Generators
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Emergency Fuel
  • Emergency Ice & Water
  • Emergency Telecommunication Systems, including satellite phones, internet and private band radio communication
  • Emergency Equipment Rental
  • Temporary Sanitation Facilities
  • Temporary Housing
  • Canteen Services

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