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Photo of building debrisDebris management costs, on average, total 45% of the cost of a disaster.  It is important for local governments to be familiar with state and federal eligibility and reasonable costs guidelines during the planning stage in order to appropriately plan for critical issues such as contracting, monitoring and preparing appropriate documentation to support requests for funding.  Cal OES has trained staff that can provide technical assistance, knowledge and experience in order to help applicants maximize disaster funding and speed recovery in the affected areas. In addition, staff can assist with the creation of a debris management plan.

​Debris Planning

Debris planning allows communities to be better prepared for a disaster by identifying debris collection and disposal sites, identifying potential debris contractors, and preparing debris removal contracts in advance of a disaster. Only a minority of states and local governments currently have such plans in place.

To maximize resources while minimizing the debris loads to landfills following a disaster, local governments are encouraged to incorporate debris management in their emergency and solid waste management planning activities.



Burning Disaster Debris - Air Resources Board - Disaster Debris Burning.pdfBurning Disaster Debris - Air Resources BoardRemediation of Disaster Debris by BurningDebris Management Planning3/19/2015 9:16:28 PM
Protocols for Disposition of Human Remains A Human Remains Handling - July 2014 Rev.pdfProtocols for Disposition of Human RemainsAppendix discusses some of the processes associated with recovery and disposition of Human Remains in debris streams.Debris Management Planning3/19/2015 9:21:11 PM
Crime Scene Debris Removal B Crime Scene Debris Removal - July 2014 Rev.pdfCrime Scene Debris Removal This document is designed to help local governments establish methodologies to be utilized at a crime scene that focus on law enforcement concerns such as site security and the safeguarding of evidence.Debris Management Planning3/27/2015 8:08:06 PM
Cal EPA Guidance for Conducting Emergency Debris, Waste and Hazardous Material Removal EPA Guidance for Conducting Emergency Debris, Waste and Hazardous Material Removal Actions.pdfCal EPA Guidance for Conducting Emergency Debris, Waste and Hazardous Material Removal Guidance for Conducting Emergency Debris, Waste and Hazardous Material Removal Actions Pursuant to a State or Local Emergency Proclamation.Debris Management Planning3/19/2015 9:16:52 PM
Flyer - Debris Management Assistance At-a-Glance Feb 2015.pdfFlyer - Debris Management Assistance Debris removal is eligible under most types of emergency declarations. The flyer outlines the circumstances and the associated cost-share amount for local governments for debris management funding. available.Debris Management Planning3/25/2015 9:25:07 PM
Flyer - Debris Estimating Estimating Flyer February 2015.pdfFlyer - Debris Estimating The determination of the quantity and type of debris is critical to debris management. This flyer describes methods of estimating amounts of debris.Debris Management Planning3/25/2015 9:23:22 PM
Flyer - Debris Forecasting Forecasting Flyer Feb 2015.pdfFlyer - Debris ForecastingDebris forecasting is normally a pre-disaster technique used to predict debris quantities. This flyer describes methods of forecasting the amount of debris a jurisdiction may encounter in an event.Debris Management Planning3/25/2015 9:24:38 PM
Flyer - Debris Management: Managing Resources Management Resources Flyer Feb 2015.pdfFlyer - Debris Management: Managing Resources Local governments have many state and federal resources available when developing their debris management plan and/or a disaster debris removal operation. This flyer outlines examples of assigned responsibilities.Debris Management Planning3/25/2015 9:25:24 PM
Flyer - Debris Plan Plan Flyer Feb 2015.pdfFlyer - Debris Plan This flyer encourages local and state emergency managers to develop a debris management plan for their communities in anticipation of potential disaster events.Debris Management Planning3/25/2015 9:25:40 PM
Flyer - Debris Removal Contracts Removal Contracts Feb 2015.pdfFlyer - Debris Removal ContractsAfter large events, many communities can become overwhelmed by the enormous amounts of debris generated, and may need assistance to comply with proper procurement requirements. This flyer assists in developing those contracts.Debris Management Planning3/25/2015 9:25:59 PM
Right of Entry DENIAL Sample Of Entry Denial form sample.pdfRight of Entry DENIAL SampleSample of a Right-of-Entry - DENIAL form for debris removal from private property.Debris Management Planning3/19/2015 9:22:43 PM
Right of Entry Sample Of Entry Form sample.pdfRight of Entry Sample Sample of a Right of Entry form for private property debris removal.Debris Management Planning3/19/2015 10:34:29 PM
Flyer - Temporary Debris Storage Site Debris Storage Site Flyer Feb 2015.pdfFlyer - Temporary Debris Storage SiteFlyer describing characteristics of a Temporary Debris Management Site.Debris Management Planning3/25/2015 9:26:52 PM
Flyer - Properties of Volcanic Ash ash properties and Dispersal by wind - USGS.pdfFlyer - Properties of Volcanic AshFlyer describing the properties of volcanic ash and dispersal by wind.Debris Management Planning3/19/2015 9:23:09 PM

​Debris Monitoring

Monitoring debris removal operations requires comprehensive observation and documentation by the jurisdiction for the debris removal work performed from the point of collection to final disposal. Monitoring debris removal work involves constant observation of crews to ensure that workers are performing eligible work in accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines and regulations.  



Flyer - Debris Monitoring Monitoring Flyer Feb 2015.pdfFlyer - Debris Monitoring Inadequate monitoring of debris activities often results in disputes with the contractor, the State and/or FEMA regarding debris management cost reimbursement. This flyer outlines monitoring responsibilities. debris removal, reduction and disposal.Debris Management Monitoring3/27/2015 7:50:38 PM
Debris Checklist Disposal Site Monitoring Form Disposal Site checklist.pdfDebris Checklist Disposal Site Example of a checklist that could be used at a debris disposal site by a debris monitor.Debris Management Monitoring3/19/2015 9:15:47 PM
Debris Checklist Load Site Monitoring Form Load Site Checklist.pdfDebris Checklist Load Site Example of a checklist that could be used at a loading site by a debris monitor.Debris Management Monitoring3/19/2015 9:17:30 PM
Debris Checklist Stockpile Monitoring Form Stockpiled Debris Survey Form.pdfDebris Checklist Stockpile Example of a checklist for a temporary debris site used by a debris monitor. Debris Management Monitoring3/19/2015 9:17:45 PM
FEMA Policy 9580.203 Debris Monitoring Policy 9580.203 Debris Monitoring.pdfFEMA Policy 9580.203 Debris Monitoring FEMA Policy 9580.203 Debris Management Monitoring3/19/2015 9:18:40 PM
US Army Corps Tracking Worksheet Army Corps Tracking WorksheetExample of what a tracking worksheet might look like for use with debris monitoring.Debris Management Monitoring3/19/2015 9:21:32 PM

​Debris Training

Training for an emergency is an important part of any debris plan.  When a jurisdiction practices activation of their plan, it enhances the response in an emergency event, assists with the identification of and response to potential problems, assists with pre-positioning of equipment and supplies, identifies potential activation of mutual assistance arrangements, and helps the management of key assets.  Cal OES offers debris training to local jurisdictions and can assist with the review of debris plans.



Disaster Debris Management Training Manual Management Manual - July 2014 Rev.pdfDisaster Debris Management Training ManualDebris Training Manual used in Debris Training class. Debris Management Training3/20/2015 5:17:16 PM



Angora Debris Project signage example Debris Project signage exampleExample of signage from the Angora Debris ProjectDebris Management Documents3/20/2015 5:20:47 PM
Angora Debris Project Structural Debris Removal Project Specifications Debris Project Structural Debris Removal Project SpecificationsProject Specifications from the Angora Debris Removal ProjectDebris Management Documents3/20/2015 5:21:00 PM
Angora Debris Project Traffic Plan (1).pdfAngora Debris Project Traffic PlanExample of the Angora Debris Project traffic planDebris Management Documents3/20/2015 5:21:09 PM
Cal EPA Ash Report for 2007 Southern California Wildfires 2007.pdfCal EPA Ash Report for 2007 Southern California Wildfires2007 WILDFIRES in San Bernardino and San Diego Counties, California that provides documentation on toxicity of ash.Debris Management Documents3/20/2015 5:33:22 PM
Debris Removal Removal 2925.pdfDebris Removal Title 19 Public Safety, Division 2. Office of Emergency Services Chapter 6. Disaster Assistance Act, §2925. Debris Removal.Debris Management Documents3/20/2015 5:21:48 PM
Demolition Regulations Regulations Title19.pdfDemolition RegulationsTitle 19. Public Safety Division 2. Office of Emergency Services Chapter 6. Disaster Assistance Act, §2930. Emergency Protective Measures - DemolitionDebris Management Documents3/30/2015 10:16:08 PM
Emergency Protective Measures Protective Measures 2930.pdfEmergency Protective MeasuresTitle 19. Public Safety, Division 2. Office of Emergency Services Chapter 6. Disaster Assistance Act, §2930. Emergency Protective MeasuresDebris Management Documents3/20/2015 5:22:42 PM
FEMA Debris Management Plan Template Debris Management Plan Template.pdfFEMA Debris Management Plan TemplateThis template will assist local governments in creating a debris management plan.Debris Management Documents7/27/2015 5:27:54 PM

​Debris Contacts

Marcia Sully

Debris Management Coordinator

Phone: (916) 845-8170




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