Debris Management Plan

This plan establishes the framework within which the County will respond and coordinate the management of debris generated by potential manmade and natural disasters. This plan will also address the potential role that state and federal agencies and other groups may assume during a debris management operation.

Debris Management Plan (PDF, 16.8 mb)
Storm Debris / Photo Courtesy FEMA

Photo: FEMA

Disruptions caused by disaster generated debris are a result of the following:

  • Obstructed roads
  • Obstructed right-of-way and pedestrian walkways
  • Environmental offenses resulting from hazardous material spills or releases, the resulting contaminations of soils, ground and surface waterways, and potential sources for air pollution

Disasters will result in large expenditures of labor, equipment, materials, and supplies at substantial cost to the County. It is imperative the County be prepared to provide all necessary disaster recovery services and have the means to recover eligible costs from state and federal agencies.

It is mandatory that an early, safe, and quick response and recovery process is implemented to restore environmentally safe and economically viable conditions to the disaster-affected areas. To meet this objective, the County developed its Debris Management Plan (DMP).

Clearing Storm Debris / Photo Credit FEMA

Photo: FEMA

The purpose of the County DMP is to outline the components critical to the success of a debris removal operation in the County. The DMP provides key information that will help the County coordinate and effectively manage a turnkey debris removal effort if the County were to be impacted by a major debris generating event. Central to the success of debris removal operations is the County’s understanding of the following elements prior to a debris-generating event:

  • Parties involved and their roles and responsibilities regarding disaster response and recovery
  • Rules, regulations, and guidelines enacted by FEMA and other agencies governing debris removal
  • Process of collecting debris
  • Disposal of debris, including where the debris will be staged for reduction and/or hauled for final disposal

As with all of the County’s emergency plans, this is an all-hazards plans, with operational priorities of (1) life, safety, and health; (2) property protection; (3) environmental protection; (4) restoration of essential utilities; (5) restoration of essential program functions; and (6) coordination among appropriate stakeholders.