New User Friendly Disaster Debris management Planning Tool

New User Friendly Disaster Debris management Planning Tool

EPA has launched a new online All-hazards Waste Management Planning Tool (go to This waste planning tool walks users through the most critical elements of a waste management plan for all hazards, including large-scale natural disasters and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear incidents. The tool also provides checklists to help ensure that unique issues have been considered and a library of resources to aid in the development of a plan.


We encourage tribes to try it out! It will be demonstrated at the Aug. 28-29 Tribal Disaster Debris Management Training (see more info below). We encourage tribes to browse it before taking or during the tribal disaster debris training, and/or put together a preliminary disaster debris plan with this tool after taking the training. 


Users will need to complete a registration process before using the tool. Attached is the user guide that provides basic instructions for accessing the tool and a description of the tool’s functions. If you would like to provide feedback on the tool, please contact Melissa Kaps at or (703) 308-6787.



Tribal Disaster Debris Management Training


August 28-29, 2018

Hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Region 5

and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe


Soaring Eagle Hotel Conference Center

6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd

Mount Pleasant, Michigan  48858



U.S. EPA Region 5 is sponsoring a Tribal Disaster Debris Management Training in partnership with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. This training is geared towards tribal staff involved in emergency management, waste management, public works, planning, and other areas. Debris management is an integral part of emergency management, especially in response to extreme weather or other disasters. Tribes that incorporate sustainable materials management into their disaster debris management plans will also be better prepared to handle disaster debris in a more efficient, environmentally beneficial manner. Tribal staff will have the opportunity to work in small groups with staff from other tribal and other governmental agencies to address issues vital to effective disaster debris management.


Training Objectives:


  • Understand the climate change, disaster debris, and emergency response interconnection.
  • Learn the essential components of a disaster debris management plan.
  • Engage in dialogue with various entities representing potential stakeholders critical to disaster debris response and recovery.
  • Increase awareness of available tools and resources for effective, sustainable disaster debris management.


See attached draft training agenda below.




Space is limited. To attend this training, please register by August 6, 2018 by emailing Dolly Tong at your:








Hotel Block:


A block of rooms at the Soaring Eagle Hotel has been reserved for this training for three nights (August 27-29, 2018). Please call 877-232-4532 before August 6, 2018 to reserve a room under “Disaster Debris Workshop group” or book online at using the group code SCIT082718.


Soaring Eagle Hotel

6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd                                                                                  

Mount Pleasant, Michigan  48858



Tribal Disaster Debris Management Training

August 28-29, 2018


Draft Agenda


August 28


8:00 am        Registration/Breakfast provided


8:30 am        Welcome and Introductions                                                                                                           

Craig Graveratte, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe (SCIT)

Dolly Tong/Charles Reddoor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


8:45 am        Climate Resilience, Disaster Debris Management, and Emergency Response Interconnection  

                        Melissa Kaps/Dolly Tong/Tricia Edwards, EPA

                        Eva Wilson, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)


9:30 am        Saginaw Climate Resilient Waste Management Plan

                        Case Study:  Saginaw Flood

                        Jennifer Seibt, SCIT


10:00 am     Break


10:15 am     Overview of Components of a Disaster Debris Management Plan

                        Melissa Kaps, EPA

                        Eva Wilson, FEMA                  


10:45 am     Small Group Exercises – In each exercise, small groups will discuss factors to be considered for key components of a disaster debris management plan. Each group will assess and identify (and report out after each component):


11:00 am     Different sources/types of debris, estimating debris quantities

                        Eva Wilson, FEMA                        


11:45 am     Lunch provided

1:00 pm        Small Group Exercises – Continued


1:00 pm       Materials prevention, reuse, and recycling options

                        Dolly Tong/Jenny Manville, EPA

Kenneth Papes, Indian Health Service

Jake Borton, Isabella County


2:15 pm       Alternative waste diversion/disposal facilities

                        Disaster Debris Recovery Database

                        Camille Lukey, EPA


3:00 pm       Break


3:15 pm       Stakeholders’ roles and authorities

                        Camille Lukey, EPA

                        Sid Caesar, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)


4:00 pm       Mutual aid agreements

                        Eva Wilson, FEMA

                        Fred Cantu, SCIT

                        Marc Griffis, Isabella County


5:00 pm       Adjourn


August 29


7:45 am        Breakfast provided


8:15 am        Recap of Day One


8:30 am        Small Group Exercises – Continued


8:30 am        Debris hazards/health and safety considerations

                        Tricia Edwards, EPA


9:15 am        Priority routes/sites for debris clearance/removal

                        Marc Griffis, Isabella County

                        Jeffrey Bradley, BIA

                        Tricia Edwards/Jeffrey Kimble, EPA

                        Tracey Keel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

                        Bryan Swintek, U.S. Coast Guard (tentative)


10:30 am     Break


10:45 am     Temporary debris staging and reduction sites – field trip of Saginaw/county sites

                        Tricia Edwards/Jeffrey Kimble, EPA

                        Sally Kniffen, SCIT

                        Marc Griffis/Jake Borton, Isabella County


11:45 am     Lunch on your own (pre-ordered box lunch) [held at Isabella County Emergency Operations Center (EOC)]


1:00 pm       Tabletop Exercise [held at Isabella County EOC] – Trainees will work through Stafford Act and Non-Stafford Act disaster debris response scenarios through an interactive tabletop discussion.

                        Tricia Edwards/Jeffrey Kimble, EPA

                        Eva Wilson, FEMA

                        Marc Griffis, Isabella County


3:30 pm        Summary/Round Robin – What have you learned? What will be your next steps to prepare for disaster debris management?


4:00 pm       Adjourn



If you have any questions about the training, please contact:


Dolly Tong
Tribal Solid Waste & Pollution Prevention Coordinator

Materials Management Branch

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Region 5
77 W. Jackson Boulevard (LM-8J)
Chicago, IL  60604
312-886-1019 phone
312-692-2039 fax