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Course Title: Planning for Disaster Debris Management (MGT-460)
Status: FEMA Certified. This course is now listed in the FEMA National Training and Education Division (NTED) Catalog.

Disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes and floods can create enormous volumes of debris. Debris can hinder response and recovery efforts, cause costly delays, and pose significant logistical challenges. Debris management can be extremely complex, creating, testing, and training to a pre-disaster debris management plan specific to the area is key to successful operations.
This eight-hour management-level course is designed to enable participants to identify debris management components and the best planning practices using existing plan examples and case studies. Participants will also draft an outline of a debris management plan. MGT-460 Planning for Disaster Debris Management provides participants with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to create pre-disaster debris management plans for their own communities.

The goal of this course is to enable participants to outline a disaster debris management plan and recognize special considerations when planning for debris management after a natural disaster.

Course Modules:

  • Introduction to Disaster Debris Management Planning
  • Disaster Debris Management Plan Components
  • Scenario Based Learning
Target Audience:
  • Emergency Management
  • Government Administrative
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Law Enforcement
  • Public Health
  • Public Works
Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the basic concepts of debris management operations and the benefits of debis management planning
  • Outline the key components of a debis management plan
  • Apply strategies for special considerations encountered during debris management operations to plan outlines
Contact Hours: 8
APA Credits 6.5 Certification Maintenance
ASFPM Credits 6.5 Continuing Education Credits
IACET Credits 0.6 Continuing Education Units
IAEM (E/G) Credits 8.0 Emergency/General Management Training Credit Hours
Type: Management




Provider: UH-NDPTC
Delivery Method: Instructor Led. If you are interested in having this course delivered in your area, please contact your State Administrative Agency (SAA) through the FEMA Emergency Management System. Step-by-step instructions are available at:
Max Enrollment: 30 - 40 participants
Test Requirements:
  • Pre-test to be completed PRIOR to the course. Assists to assess familiarity with the course subject material.
  • Post test to be completed at completion of course. To receive a FEMA issued Certificate of Completion, a post test score of at least 70% must be obtained.
Costs: The cost of developing and delivering training is covered by a cooperative agreement with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). There is no cost to the individual for taking the course. we do not cover the cost of travel or lodging to attend training.