Proper Debris Management: Key to Disaster Recovery and FEMA Assistance
Proper Debris Management – Key to Disaster Recovery and FEMA Assistance
Over a recent five-year period, “debris” accounted for approximately 27 percent1 of the total cost of a disaster. Yet debris management remains one of the most overlooked and least-planned-for components of disaster response and recovery. The removal of debris after a disaster is funded through FEMA’s Public Assistance Program under Category A, Debris Removal.
What Debris Work is Eligible?
According to the FEMA 325 Public Assistance Debris Management Guide, July 2007, eligible work is defined as “the removal and disposal of debris that was generated by a disaster and which presents an immediate threat to the public interest.” However, this definition has been further refined by FEMA’s debris policies and regulations, recapped as follows: