The Team

 Al McClaran – Manager – Chief Operating Officer

Mr. McClaran is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Southern Disaster Recovery. He is thoroughly knowledgeable of all aspects of FEMA criteria for debris recovery operations and has completed numerous courses with FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute Independent Study Program.  Mr. McClaran works closely with Emergency Management and other government agencies both before and after disaster events.  Prior to an event he helps with readiness planning and preparation.  This includes working on debris management plans and training government personnel in debris recovery operations.  After disaster strikes he coordinates all aspects of the recovery and the documentation process to assure that the applicant receives the funding to which it is entitled. He has overseen debris removal projects following hurricane, tornado, and winter storm disasters.


Mark Ells – Manager – Vice-President

Mr. Ells has been a business owner for over twenty years and is the owner of the upstate South Carolina’s largest landscaper supply business.  In addition to his landscaper supply stores he operates grinding and mulching yards and does offsite grinding of land tracts.  His grinding equipment was employed on contracts following Hurricane Katrina and winter storms.  Furthermore, Mr. Ells was awarded the debris removal contract for Meridian, MS after Hurricane Katrina.  In the event of a disaster Mr. Ells will coordinate sub-contractor mobilization and scheduling.  His knowledge and business management skills make him an invaluable part of the Southern Disaster Recovery management team.