Debris Removal Monitoring


Following disaster or emergency events that generate large amounts of debris grant applicants such as state government agencies, local governments and special districts, private non-profit organizations, and recognized Native American Indian tribes may require the support of contracted disaster debris removal management, monitoring and accounting services. These services are necessary to ensure that the disaster related debris removal is conducted appropriately and in accordance with federal, state and local regulations. Disaster debris must be quantified, collected and disposed with respect to funding, safety, the environment, and other regulatory matters.

By hiring contracted disaster debris monitoring firm grant applicants will benefit from specialized knowledge, expertise, and experience in developing, implementing, and monitoring a variety of disaster debris removal programs, often resulting in greater reimbursement funding and a more expeditious recovery.

Thompson has provided disaster response and recovery services since 1979 following Hurricane Frederic. Since then, our staff has supported over 100 federal, state and local government entities plan for and respond to a variety of disaster incidents, such as, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, ice storms, oil spills and other natural disasters. In total, our staff has monitored the federally reimbursed removal of over 77 million cubic yards of debris. This work has resulted in our clients successfully applying for and retaining more than $2.25 billion of federal grant funding for debris removal. Our approach to providing disaster response and recovery services maintains a primary focus on the efficient and effective utilization of available resources while navigating the funding and compliance channels of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program.

Thompson has the experience and qualifications to perform the following debris removal monitoring services:

  • Debris hauling vehicle certification (volumetric)
  • Right-of-Way debris collection
  • Debris management site tower operations
  • Leaning tree, hanging limb, and hazardous stump removal
  • Private property debris removal
  • Right-of-Entry (ROE) administration
  • Waterways debris removal
  • Data management
  • Document management
  • Hazardous material removal
  • Vessel and vehicle recovery
  • Asbestos abatement
  • Multi-jurisdictional coordination/scheduling
  • Damage claim resolution
  • Disaster recovery monitoring with ADMS
  • GIS reporting
  • Progress reporting
  • Cost recovery/grant applications
  • Contractor invoice reconciliation and payment recommendation


Project Execution Utilizing Automated Debris Management System

Thompson has invested considerable resources in technologies to support more efficient debris removal monitoring. Among these technologies is our best-in-class ADMS solution, the Thompson Data Management Suite (TDMS) comprised of our handheld device, TDMSmobile, which allows us to capture data in the field and our software, TDMSweb, which is a variety of web –based software applications that serve as the backbone for data storage and management. TDMS has been routinely deployed on FEMA reimbursed projects and meets the specifications of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Advanced Contracting Initiative (ACI).