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Posted on: May 27, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Debris Contracts Help Us Better Prepare for Large-Scale Emergencies

Garbage truck on a road with debris all along it and the arm of the truck is picking up debris

For approximately two years, the Debris Management Team has been working on Debris Management efforts with consultant Jeff Hepler, retired Debris Specialist from the Army Corps of Engineers. Through these efforts, we have signed two import-ant contracts to help us be better prepared for a large-scale emergency event such as a Cascadia Sub-duction Zone earthquake. 

The first is a five-year Debris Monitoring and Management Contract with Thompson Consulting Ser-vices, LLC. It allows us to activate them to respond to a large, debris-generating event to manage it on our behalf. One of their first tasks after deployment will be to estimate the amount of debris to be managed. In addition, Thompson Consulting Service will take lead on the debris tracking and reporting that is needed for FEMA reimbursement. The contract manager is Doug Singer with PW Engineering.

The second is a five-year Debris Removal and Disposal Contract with Ashbritt, Inc. This con-tract allows us to activate them to remove and dispose of debris generated in an emergency event. Ashbritt has secured over 100 local area contractors to sub-contract on our contract if needed. This contract also provides for additional equipment for a variety of response needs such as Ur-ban Search and Rescue. The contract manager is Kristi Hayden, Acting Maintenance Director. 

On May 18, the team will conduct a live exercise with our debris contractors focused on the activation of the Debris Management Task Force, issuing task orders, and understanding how a debris event would be managed. Critical staff and partner agencies are invited to participate or observe this exercise. 

For more information, please reach out to any team member: Lacey Risdal, Doug Singer, Kristi Hayden, Rob Hallett, Jesse Cary-Hobbs, Katie Goncalves, Shawn Hubbell and Jeff Hepler. 

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