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FEMA Launches Debris Contractor Registry To Assist Communities

Release Date: July 24, 2006
Release Number: HQ-06-114

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced its online debris contractor registry as a key component of its Debris Removal Operations Recovery Strategy. The registry is a web-based database that allows debris removal contractors across the nation to post information about their capabilities and availability. FEMA developed this registry to assist state and local governments to plan for, and manage debris removal operations either before or after disasters occur. This powerful new tool will give states and local governments one-stop access to information on debris removal contractors in their area.

FEMA launched the new website, aimed at sharing resource information between local governments and debris removal contractors throughout the country, in early June. The site, which can be accessed at and by clicking on the link for the debris contractor registry, is designed to facilitate effective debris removal preparedness planning by state and local emergency managers, and expedite the pace of debris removal following disasters.

"The Debris Contractor Registry is a tool that can be used in preparing for and responding to disasters," FEMA Director David Paulison said. "We encourage contractors nationwide to sign up and describe their equipment, staffing and capabilities so that state and local officials can access and use the information in their planning efforts."

Although FEMA does not contract for debris removal, under a presidential disaster declaration the FEMA Public Assistance Program can reimburse a cost-share to state and local governments, tribal authorities and eligible private nonprofit organizations for eligible work done by contractors.
To ensure the post-event ability to immediately initiate coordinated debris removal operations, FEMA strongly encourages state and local governments to establish pre-event debris removal plans and contracting relationships. The Debris Contractor Registry was expressly designed to help facilitate state and local planning efforts.

The Debris Contractor Registry is an element of the US Public Private Partnership (USP3), which is administered through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It represents a pilot program of the National Emergency Resource Registry (NERR) that will develop as the overall program grows.
It is important to note that FEMA does not endorse, approve or recommend any contractors listed in the database.

FEMA manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.

Last Modified: Monday, 24-Jul-2006 15:14:16