EMERGENCY DEBRIS MANAGEMENT
- EMERGENCY CONTRACTS
The State of New Jersey currently has several State procured contracts (links provided below) to assist government entities in dealing with debris generating events. The contracts are intended to be used by State Agencies as well as Counties and Municipalities that participate in the Cooperative Purchasing Partners program. These contracts can be used only during a Federally, State, County or Municipally Declared Disaster, and are not designed to be used to manage an entity’s normal waste generation.
However, State Agencies and members of the Cooperative Purchasing Partners program are NOT REQUIRED to use these contracts. Emergency debris removal activities can be performed by force account labor, or by another contractor. State Agencies and Cooperative Purchasing Partners should evaluate their options in order to choose the most efficient and cost effective method for debris management.
During a Federally Declared Disaster, debris management activities may be eligible for reimbursement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through their Public Assistance programs. FEMA’s Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide (FP 104-009-2, April 2018) provides information on this program.
FEMA has specific debris eligibility, documentation, and debris monitoring requirements that must be followed in order to be eligible for reimbursement for a Federally Declared Disaster. Should you choose to utilize your own contractor, FEMA has strict contract procurement guidelines that must be followed.
State, County, and Municipally Declared Disasters are generally NOT eligible for FEMA reimbursement. However, sometimes a State County, and Municipally Declared Disaster may eventually become a Federally Declared Disaster, which would make it eligible for FEMA reimbursement. Therefore, you should evaluate the potential for the event to turn into a Federally Declared Disaster before deciding on debris removal methods.
The following is for informational purposes only!
NJDEP does not endorse any one vendor over the other.