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Hurricane Sandy – Managing Disaster Debris

2012 December 19

Much debris was left behind due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, emphasizing the importance of debris management planning and finding ways to manage the debris, including collecting and recycling the debris. EPA encourages communities to plan for natural disaster debris. In its “Planning for Natural Disaster Debris” guidance document, EPA describes the steps a community can take to prepare for dealing with the debris created by natural disasters to speed recovery. How has your community prepared for natural disaster debris?

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  1. BruceS permalink
    January 10, 2013

    Sadly, there is little to no discussion about how to deal with the aftermath of disasters in my community just outside of Washington DC. Most of the discussion focuses on emergency preparedness and preppers supplies which is good and necessary but it seems like we are caught off guard after every major storm. I don’t think I’ve ever heard any public service messages about recycling debris. It would be great to see the city setup huge recycling containers in central locations immediately after major storms.

  2. John Schweizer permalink
    January 10, 2013

    The city of Berkeley, where I reside, has an Emergency Preparedness Plan that includes establishing Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), which are an integral part of the Citizen Corps program. Planning for handling debris generated from natural disasters such as earthquakes (Loma Prieta 1989) and fires (Berkeley/Oakland hills fire 1991) centers on training in debris handling, removal, and disposal/recycling that is provided to CERT members. In addition, Berkeley’s plant debris clearing, recycling, and composting program has become an integral part of fire disaster prevention.

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