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Suggested Citation:"Chapter 14 - More Information." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2014. A Debris Management Handbook for State and Local DOTs and Departments of Public Works. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/22239.
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116 Conclusion This guide has provided a compilation of industry effective practices gathered from literature reviews and field research to enable a community or agency to be better prepared. The subjects addressed within the guide range from development of a plan to final debris disposal and opera- tional closure. It offers recommendations and insights to enable a community, department, or agency to be better prepared to respond to debris issues from disaster-related events. The guide emphasizes that entities should develop and exercise a debris management plan prior to an event, or else they will be forced to develop a plan during an event and after its occurrence. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. . . .” While on the surface, debris removal activities might seem relatively simple, there are a number of considerations and complexities that can arise during operations that advance planning can help to address, including contracting mecha- nisms, temporary staging and final disposal site selection, environmental issues, and human and animal remains, among others. Communities and agencies that develop and exercise debris management plans in advance of a disaster event are better able to respond to and recover more quickly from the event, allowing their communities to be more resilient. Advance preparation also is likely to limit making mistakes that could jeopardize grant funding if it is available. While advance planning is preferable, the information included in this manual is useful to communities and agencies that are experiencing or are recovering from a recent event to guide their decision making related to debris operations. References and Resources The References and Resources sections that follow provide additional information and tools that can be used when searching for more information or for when conducting debris opera- tions. The references provided can be accessed through the web or by contacting the citation sources directly. The tools and resources provided can be used as is or can be adapted for specific needs in each community. C H A P T E R 1 4 More Information

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TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 781: A Debris Management Handbook for State and Local DOTs and Departments of Public Works provides debris management practices for local, tribal, and state departments of transportation and for public works agencies. A PowerPoint presentation and a final report describing the methodology of the project are available online.

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