“Debris 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 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.
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.
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.
2021 Wildfire Recovery Debris Removal Progress Dashboard
Local communities affected by the 2021 wildfires in California can visit the 2021 Wildfire Siege website to learn more about state and federal financial assistance and the State’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program.