If you think your home may have asbestos, don't panic!
Usually it is best to leave asbestos material that is in good condition alone. Generally, material in good condition will not release asbestos fiber. There is no danger unless fibers are released and inhaled into the lungs.
Do not cut, rip, or sand asbestos-containing materials.
Leave undamaged materials alone and, to the extent possible, prevent them from being damaged, disturbed, or touched. Periodically inspect for damage or deterioration. Discard damaged or worn asbestos gloves, stove-top pads, or ironing board covers. Check with local health, environmental, or other appropriate officials to find out about proper handling and disposal procedures. If asbestos material is more than slightly damaged, or if you are going to make changes in your home that might disturb it, repair or removal by a professional is needed. Before you have your house remodeled, find out whether asbestos materials are present.-------
Asbestos remediation is common practic in the United States it can be dealt with by various means. KATRINA DID NOT CAUSE CHARITY TO GROW ASBESTOS. FACT EVEN IF THE BUILDING WERE TORN DOWN TOMORROW BEFORE THE BUILDING COULD BE BROUGHT DOWN ALL THE ASBESTOS WOULD HAVE TO BE REMOVED. SO IN ORDER TO MAKE THE BUILDING SAVE TO TEAR DOWN YOU MUST REMOVE THE ASBESTOS. IF THE ASBESTOS IS GONE THEN YOU CAN OCCUPY THE BUILDING OR BETTER YET IF YOU ENCAPSOLATE AND MITIGATE THE ASBESTOS THREAT YOU CAN LEAVE IT THERE AS LONG AS IT CAN NOT BECOME AIRBORNE. ASBESTOS THAT IS INTACT IS NOT A HEALTH HAZARD.