The geographic location of Cabarrus County makes it extremely vulnerable to tornadoes and high wind events as well as winter ice storms. In the past, the County has experienced a variety of debris-generating events, including ice storms, tornadoes, and flooding. There are a number of municipalities located within the County that have historically handled storm-related debris without assistance from the County. It is assumed that this will continue for future events as well. However, the County will be available to assist individual municipalities upon request. Cabarrus County municipalities, with the exception of the City of Concord and the City of Kannapolis, have signed on to the Cabarrus County Emergency Operations Plan and other emergency planning documents. For these cities, the County maintains responsibility for disaster debris operations and activities. Over the last 10 years, disasters including flooding, severe weather (thunderstorms, winter storms), and wildfires have resulted in disaster declarations. Presidential disaster declarations have included Winter Storm 2000 (DR 1312), Severe Ice Storm 2002 (DR 1448), and Tropical Storm Frances 2004 (DR 1546). Other recent incidents and disasters include annual small-scale wind and storm events. With this in mind, the County has established a plan to quickly and effectively respond to future debris-generating events.
The County approved the preparation of this disaster debris management plan (DDMP) to better respond to future emergency debris removal situations. The purpose of this DDMP is to outline the components critical to the success of a debris removal operation in the County. This DDMP provides key information that will help the County coordinate and effectively manage a turnkey debris removal effort if the County were affected by a major, debris-generating event. Central to the success of debris removal operations is the County’s understanding of the following elements prior to a debris-generating event:
- Parties involved and their roles and responsibilities regarding the debris removal operation
- Rules, regulations, and guidelines enacted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other agencies governing debris removal
- Process of collecting debris
- Disposal of debris, including where the debris will be staged for reduction and/or hauled for final disposal