Overview PL 84-99 NEPP Emergency support Function Support to DoD Active Events Hurricane Models

Debris Removal and Clearance Mission

Debris Removal


Provide capabilities such as removal, reduction and disposal of disaster debris and technical assistance to FEMA and local governments through either Direct Federal Assistance (DFA) or Federal Operations Support (FOS) Mission Assignments.


USACE Mission Capabilities - DFA Missions

  • Right of Way (ROW) Debris Removal – Removal, reduction and disposal of debris from the public right of way and other public property, such as parks and schools.
  • Emergency Clearance – A roadway clearance mission generally requires moving debris to the median or side of the ROW to allow for emergency traffic.
  • Private Property Debris Removal (PPDR) – Removal, reduction and disposal of debris from private property, when directed by FEMA.
  • Demolition – Removal, reduction and disposal of residential or commercial structures.
  • Debris Removal from Drainage Structures – Removal, reduction and disposal of debris from natural streams, reservoirs and engineered channels.
  • Waterway/Wet Debris – Removal, reduction and disposal of debris from coastal waters where the debris impedes navigation or produces a hazard to safety.
  • CDM - The Contaminated Debris Management (CDM) Mission results from a detonation that creates general construction debris, and the like, that is contaminated with a hazardous material or a chemical, biological, radioactive, nuclear agent; Mission assignments could include Emergency Clearance, Structural Instability, Demolition, long-term debris removal and technical assistance.
  • Dead Animal Carcasses – Removal of dead animals is considered debris (paragraph is within the ACI specifying dead animals as debris); location of the carcass determines the type of debris: on the road – right of way debris; on private property – PPDR; in the water – waterway debris

USACE Mission Capabilities – FOS or DFA Technical Assistance / Technical Monitoring Missions

  • Assistance to local governments in developing debris removal contracts include estimating debris quantities, preparing scopes of work for debris removal and quality assurance oversight, and assistance with environmental issues.
  • Assistance with training and coordination of FEMA and Local government debris monitors.
  • Providing FEMA with oversight of State and/or local debris operations


  • Usually the largest Corps mission, funding, and personnel.
  • Requires experienced/knowledgeable personnel to guide initial planning.
  • Requires team effort: FEMA, USACE, ACI Contractor, other ESFs, and State/Local governments.
  • Debris Clearance: Moving debris off roadway.
  • Debris Removal: Load, haul, reduce, and dispose of debris.
  • Disposal sites are key to scoping the mission.
  • Units reported in cubic yard or tons. It is important to maintain debris volume records even if units are not contracted per cubic yard or ton (e.g., time and material, lump sum).
  • Safety of the public, government personnel, military personnel, voluntary organization laborers, and contractors is kept a #1 priority to ensure no further losses incur as a result of debris clearance, removal and disposal operations.
  • FEMA debris eligibility requirements can vary with each disaster.

Mission Contracting

Advanced Contracting Initiative (ACI) Contract:  YES, includes regional Unrestricted, Single Award Task Order Contracts (SATOCs), set Aside SATO