2015 - 2025 Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan

Disaster Debris Management

Description of Objective

Disasters such as tornadoes, high-wind events, and floods can result in the generation of large quantities of solid waste. It is important for responsible parties to plan in advance how the materials will be managed. This requires the identification of staging areas for debris, as well as contractors that may help in managing the debris. The amount of debris generated will vary, depending upon the situation, but having a plan in place will save money and time, and will help ensure roadways and waterways are clear of debris as soon as possible, which is important for the safety of all citizens.

TEMA and TDEC encourage all local governments eligible for the Public Assistance Program grant to construct pre-event contracts for debris removal operations and to generate a debris management plan. In light of recent disasters that have triggered massive debris removal efforts in the United States, past experience shows that having a solid debris removal plan, a pre-event contract/agreement in place and a collaborated agreement with partnering agencies before an event will expedite recovery in areas devastated by disastrous events.

It is recommended that communities and counties complete at least the minimal debris removal plan based on the plan found in Appendix C to provide a framework for debris removal operations. Any assistance needed in the preparation of these plans or general concerns can be forwarded to the appropriate TEMA regional coordinator or the TEMA Public Assistance Division.