Introduction to Emergency Debris Management

Emergency Debris Management can be used to expedite initial debris clearance, assess volume, and monitor the removal of disaster debris accumulated on roads, right-of-ways, and public facilities.

When disaster-related debris presents a threat to public health and safety, a community may act to negate the threat and ensure its economic recovery. In the immediate aftermath of an incident, the speed at which debris can be cleared from roads determines how quickly life safety resources can be mobilized. Before recovery and rebuilding efforts can begin, debris must be efficiently assessed and removed safely. These efforts can be expensive. If debris removal activities are not monitored and proper documentation maintained, federal reimbursement may be delayed. Emergency Debris Management is typically implemented by public works departments, emergency management agencies, and other local government organizations that want to improve the efficiency of their debris management operations and ensure federal guidelines are met.

The Emergency Debris Management solution delivers a set of capabilities that help you expedite initial debris clearance, assess debris removal needs, and monitor debris removal activities.

Deploy the solution

This ArcGIS solution can be deployed in your ArcGIS organization.

Deploy the solution

See Deploying a solution for more information.


Emergency Debris Management requires the following:

  • ArcGIS Online
  • ArcGIS QuickCapture
  • ArcGIS Survey123
  • ArcGIS Workforce

Information Products

Emergency Debris Management includes the following information products.

ItemDescriptionMinimum User Type

Emergency Debris Management Center

An ArcGIS Experience Builder app used by debris managers and operations leads to monitor progress and update status during the clearance, assessment, and removal phases of the debris management process


Road Debris Reporter

An ArcGIS QuickCapture app used by first responders during the first 72 hours of a disaster response to identify where debris is obstructing the roadway

Mobile Worker

Debris Clearance Assignments

An ArcGIS Workforce project used to manage road debris obstructions and clearance assignments

Mobile Worker

Debris Assessment Form

An ArcGIS Survey123 form used by assessors to perform debris assessments on public facilities or in the right-of-way

Mobile Worker

Load Ticket

An ArcGIS Survey123 form used by debris monitors at a load site to initiate a load monitoring ticket

Mobile Worker

Unload Ticket

An ArcGIS Survey123 form used by debris monitors at debris management sites to complete load monitoring tickets

Mobile Worker

Truck Certification Form

An ArcGIS Survey123 form used by assessors to document the capacity of trucks used for emergency debris removal

Mobile Worker

Debris Records Reviewer

An ArcGIS Experience Builder app used by contractors or auditors to view debris records from the field, and to review or export logs from the office


Debris Removal Services

A Nearby app used by the public to understand the debris removal requirements, the pickup schedule for their property and where debris can be dropped off

Not required

When you deploy this solution in your ArcGIS organization, you also get an ArcGIS solution item that organizes the key information products and summarizes all the ArcGIS items (applications, forms, projects, maps, feature layers, feature layer views, and so on) included with the solution. The ArcGIS solution item also illustrates any dependencies items have on each other.

Release Notes

The following are the release notes:

1.1 (Mar 2023)
  • A new Load Ticket form that resolves an issue where an error occurs on the capacity field within Survey123 Connect.
1.0 (Jun 2021)
  • Emergency Debris Management