Debris Management


Expedite solutions to aid recovery

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Disaster debris removal is often the first visible step a community takes in the recovery phase. Esri's ArcGIS Solution for Emergency Debris Management expedites initial debris removal operations; assesses debris volume; and monitors the removal of debris accumulated on roads and at public facilities by following the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) standard guidelines.

ArcGIS solutions for debris management

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Train personnel and prepare for deployment

Effective organizations train in advance of a disaster, using mock exercises to familiarize personnel with processes and technology needed during a real disaster. The Emergency Debris Management Center trains mobile workers, based on security requirements, on the apps they will use to perform assessments and debris removal operations.

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Triage road obstructions and clearance needs

After a disaster strikes, emergency managers must rapidly identify and clear roads for medical and search and rescue teams. The Emergency Debris Management solution includes a series of information products to report roads obstructed by debris, assign reports to field clearance crews, and monitor and update the status of clearance assignments.

A desktop computer displaying a Debris Clearance screen
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Collect, analyze, and assess from the field

Recovery begins by assessing how much debris has been generated, where it's located, and what types of debris exist. This information can be used to support requests for federal disaster assistance under the Stafford Act. Esri's debris management solution can also be used to perform debris assessments and manage and monitor progress.

A desktop computer displaying an Emergency Debris Management Center assessment with a map and icons showing the locations of the debris, and a mobile view on a mobile phone

Provide transparency and accountability

Organizations managing debris removal face many documentations and community transparency challenges. The Emergency Debris Management solution supports a variety of debris removal workflows—certification of trucks, load and unload tickets, management of removal provider work areas and status, and overall removal process monitoring.

A desktop computer displaying a Debris Removal Dashboard with a map and icons showing the locations of the debris, graphs, percentages of completion, and a mobile view on a mobile phone

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ArcGIS Solutions and products for debris management


Explore the ArcGIS Solution for Emergency Debris Management and other products to enhance debris management for emergency and disaster management.

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