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Disaster Zone Podcast: ‘Planning for Disaster Debris Removal’

Disaster debris comes with every type of disaster.

If there is one thing that is constant with disasters, it is the issue of dealing with disaster debris that follows every type of disaster. Given that fact, what are you doing today to plan for disaster debris removal?

This week’s Disaster Zone podcast, “Planning for Disaster Debris Removal,” covers many aspects of the challenges and potential solutions that emergency managers can use to be ready for when disaster does strike their community. My guest for this podcast has 20 years of experience in dealing with all types of debris situations.

Here’s the podcast description:

“Disaster debris is a huge challenge for a wide range of disasters. Debris can come in all shapes and sizes to include cars, houses and hazardous materials. They pile up in front of homes and clog waterways following storms and other weather related events. In this podcast the expert guest is Rob Ray, Senior Vice President, for Operations at AshBritt, a national government solutions provider specializing in emergency management and disaster response. Rob has led major US disaster debris operations across the US including, most recently, Corps of Engineer missions for the 2017 CA wildfires; Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Ian; 2022 Kentucky floods. We explore all the different aspects of debris management and how governments and agencies can become better prepared for disasters by having debris contracts in place before a disaster impacts their community.”
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.