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On March 2, 2012, tornadoes struck the southeastern part of Indiana. Recovery activities are underway in affected areas of the state, with efforts focused on restoring utilities and roadways, cleanup efforts, and assisting Hoosiers with specific needs. Federal, state and local agencies and organizations are working to gather damage statistics and estimates, support state response efforts, and provide staffing resources as required.
Following is information concerning recovery activities for debris management, public water systems and wastewater treatment facilities. Complete information about the State of Indiana response to tornadoes is available on the Indiana Department of Homeland Security website.
To help communities in Southeastern Indiana manage the large amount of storm debris, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security has put together a debris management team consisting of staff from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). The debris management team will have two primary tasks: assisting local governments in setting up special disposal sites for storm debris and assessing the types of waste and debris in the damaged areas to ensure all waste is being properly managed and disposed.
Citizens should contact their Local Emergency Management Agency to request assistance or obtain information about special disposal sites in their area.
Following are safety and regulatory guidelines for citizens concerning the management and cleanup of woody debris:
For buildings and structures, these basic safety tips are advised:
Local EMAs and other government officials can contact IDEM directly for technical assistance on managing debris and setting up special disposal sites.
For guidelines on managing emergency debris and emergency Disposal Site Certification, contact the Agricultural and Solid Waste Compliance Section toll free at any of the following numbers:
Emergency burning may not occur without approval from IDEM. For information and verbal approval to burn clean wood waste, vegetation, or deceased animals resulting from a disaster, please contact IDEM Office of Air Quality Compliance and Enforcement staff at the following numbers in the order listed until contact is made with an authorized person:
Following are links to additional information, and local and state resources for debris management: