Monitoring Debris Removal Operations

Category A: Monitoring Debris Removal Operations (1 of 2)

The Applicant must provide debris types, quantities, reduction methods, and pickup and disposal locations for FEMA to determine the eligibility of debris removal operations.

FEMA requires the Applicant to monitor all contracted debris operations to document this information and ensure the contractor removes eligible debris. If the Applicant does not monitor these operations, Public Assistance funding for that work may be jeopardized.

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Category A: Monitoring Debris Removal Operations (2 of 2)

Force Account resources (including temporary hires), contractors, or a combination of these may be used by the Applicant for monitoring. It is not necessary or cost-effective to have Professional Engineers or other certified professionals perform debris monitoring duties.

The use of staff more qualified than necessary for the associated work is considered an unreasonable cost. If staff with professional qualifications are used to conduct debris monitoring, the reason must be documented.

FEMA provides training to the Applicant's force account debris monitors upon request. Eligible debris monitoring activities may include:

  • Field supervisory oversight
  • Monitoring contracted debris removal at both the loading and disposal sites
  • Compiling documentation, such as load tickets and monitor reports, to substantiate eligible debris
  • Training debris monitors on debris removal operations, monitoring responsibilities and documentation processes, and FEMA debris eligibility criteria