Disaster Preparedness and Planning Services

Part of Thompson’s commitment to our clients is providing planning and training services to the communities we serve. Our team is constantly expanding education, training, and field experience in the disaster debris monitoring, grant management, and emergency management fields and will share their knowledge with our client’s leadership and staff. Thompson can provide a variety of planning services, training programs, and tools and templates that can be utilized in future disasters or participate in exercises related to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Sample services that can be provided include:

  • Disaster Debris Management Plans (DDMP)
  • Identification of debris management (DMS) sites
  • FEMA Public Assistance (PA) training
  • Procurement assistance
  • Public information support
  • Mitigation planning and support


Disaster Debris Management Planning FEMA Cost Share Incentive

On January 29, 2013, President Barack Obama signed into law the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act (SRIA) of 2013, which added section 428 authorizing the Public Assistance Alternative Procedures (PAAP) Pilot Program for Debris Removal. The PAAP stipulates a cost-share incentive to state, tribal or local governments to have a debris management plan approved by FEMA prior to a disaster event. At present, this incentive provides an additional two percent Public Assistance program funding for debris removal work for those communities with a pre-approved plan.

A disaster debris management plan (DDMP) is a critical resource to governmental agencies prior to and following a debris generating disaster. The purpose of the DDMP is to outline the components critical to the success of a debris removal operation. The DDMP provides detailed information that will help coordinate and effectively manage a debris removal operation within a jurisdiction affected by a debris generating incident. DDMPs support more expeditious cleanup which can result in increased funding due to FEMA’s new sliding scale incentive under the SRIA for debris removal funding.