Debris management is an important consideration when responding to disasters. These disasters could include earthquakes, fires, floods, accidents, or civil unrest, all which have the potential to generate large amounts of debris. Most debris management activities are planned and managed at the local level.
Additional information and resourses:
The Alameda County Public Works Catastrophic Earthquake Debris Management Plan:
The Alameda County Emergency Operations Plan: www.acgov.org/gsa/purchasing/document/EXHIBIT_R_Emergency_Operation_Plan.pdf
The Alameda County Mass Care and Shelter Plan:
California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) Debris Management
US EPA Disaster Debris Resource Page:
CalRecycle Integrated Waste Management Disaster Plan
CalRecycle Integrated Waste Management Disaster Plan Checklist for Government Coordination
EPA Guide: Planning for Disaster Debris
EPA has developed this guide which highlights the need for communities to plan for the cleanup of debris after a major natural disaster. Based on lessons learned from communities that have experienced such disasters, this guide contains information to help communities prepare for and recover more quickly from the increased solid waste generated by a natural disaster. Case studies include: Los Angeles, California--The Northridge Earthquake, Lincoln County, Missouri--The Midwest Floods, Metro-Dade County, Florida--Hurricane Andrew, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina--Hurricane Hugo, and Kauai, Hawaii-- Hurricane Iniki.
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