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Guidance about Planning for Natural Disaster Debris

This document is an update to the “Planning for Disaster Debris” guidance that EPA published in 1995 (document EPA530-K-95-010). It is designed for local communities (including cities, counties, tribes, etc.) that are encouraged to create disaster debris management plans.

Information included is on recommended components of a disaster debris management plan; management options for various debris streams that might be found after a natural disaster; a collection of case studies that highlights how several communities prepared for and managed debris generated by recent natural disasters; and federal, state and local resources to consult in planning for natural disasters.

The document discusses the management of debris from natural disasters, such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanoes, floods, wildfires and winter storms. It does not discuss the management of debris from deliberate or planned incidents of national significance. 

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