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Debris Management

The Florida Division of Emergency Management provides technical assistance to local governments in the debris management process. This includes debris management planning prior to an event, assistance during debris management operations, and aiding in closure of Public Assistance grants. 

Most of the unit’s technical expertise relates to FEMA’s Public Assistance program, but the specialists are available to help navigate state and local regulations, even in non-federally declared disasters.

Services provided by the Florida Division of Emergency Management debris staff may include:

  1. Review debris management plans, debris removal contracts, and/or private property ordinances prior to or after an event.
  2. Provide information regarding the guidelines for debris operations under the Public Assistance Program as well as for other programs.
  3. Assist with potential issues such as environmental compliance, documentation, regulations and special debris types (waterborne, beach, or hazardous debris).
  4. Conduct debris operations training (G202 course). For more information see DEM training website.

For more information regarding specific debris issues, please see the links below:

Debris Management Planning
Environmental Considerations
Frequently Asked Questions


For further information or questions, please contact the Environmental and Debris Section.

March 26, 2010 10:42


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