Disasters can generate massive amounts of debris. Experience has demonstrated that this maybe many times more than the annual garbage generation of an area. Pre-planning aims to reduce the impacts of such an event. Without proper planning disaster debris can, among other things, detrimentally affect a population’s health and safety, the environment, the economy and slow any response efforts. All of which will prolong the recovery period, extending the time required to establish a “new normal”.
Purpose: To develop a framework for Regional Disaster Debris Management.
Deliverable: Regional Disaster Debris guidelines with recommendations on stakeholders' scope and responsibilities for managing disaster debris.
Update: Some of the possible components of regional disaster management that have been identified include:
- Development and review of disaster scenarios
- Estimating disaster debris quantities
- Maintaining a contact list for existing and procurable resources
- Recommending mitigation strategies
- Investigating disaster debris permitting, approval, and licensing issues that may arise post-event
- Validation through training and exercises.
Currently IPREM is working to:
- Identify various stakeholders roles and responsibilities
- Compile approvals, licensing and regulatory mechanisms that may be required of various debris management sites
- Develop a criteria for selecting various debris management sites
- Recommend a structure in which regional disaster debris will be coordinated