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Integrated Partnership for Regional Emergency Management in Metro Vancouver

Regional Disaster Debris Management

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