Debris Management in Emergency Situations
As the effects of natural and man-made disasters become more rapid and wide-spread, government at all levels must grapple with the limitations of its capabilities. Large amounts of debris can present serious disposal problems for state and local communities. In addition to the large amount of trash that can be generated by a disaster, cleanup activities can pose significant health and environmental challenges.
This session will highlight two major phases to a debris management strategy. The first phase consists of the removal of any debris that could pose an immediate threat to public safety, while the second phase focuses on long-term debris removal.
Come hear what other agencies have experienced in regards to recent flood, hurricane and fire disasters. Questions to be discussed include:
• How they prepared?
• Were their preparations adequate?
• How did they deal with the situation as it was occurring?
• How did they deal with the situation once it was stabilized?
• Did they utilize new processes or technology?
• What environmental challenges/sustainability practices were utilized?
• Did different situations require different strategies?
• What lessons were learned and what would they do differently?
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