The focus of this issue is to define 2 and discuss each FEMA category in an effort to provide a snapshot of how FEMA views an Subrecipient’s recovery. It is important to keep these categories in mind, as oftentimes it will take several weeks — sometimes months — before an event is declared as eligible and FEMA is actually on site.
Debris removal from private property is the responsibility of the individual property owner. When it is in the public interest for an eligible Subrecipient to remove debris, the following criteria exist:
Debris removal is typically a very controversial issue when dealing with FEMA. There are always concerns over where the debris came from, whether it was weighed properly, whether the contractor was procured in accordance with guidelines, etc.
Unfortunately, many decisions are made prior to FEMA’s arrival, so it becomes imperative to document and photo-...
2 Definitions in blue are provided from FEMA’s Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide (PAPPG) which can be found at fema.gov.