What to Know About FEMA Protocols


Florida residents with debris generated by Hurricane Ian should follow instructions from local authorities regarding sorting materials and putting them on the sidewalk for collection.

Separation of storm debris

Localities frequently ask residents to sort debris into different categories.

  • Electronic. Examples: television, computer, audio equipment, telephone, DVD player
  • Construction and demolition debris. Examples: wood, roofing and other structural debris scattered by the storm
  • Household waste. Examples: bagged garbage, discarded food, paper, packaging
  • Large household appliances/appliances. Examples: refrigerator, washer/dryer, air conditioner, stove, water heater, dishwasher. (Note: Do not leave doors unsealed or unsecured.)
  • Vegetative debris. Examples: trees, tree branches, logs, plants, leaves

Do not place hazardous waste on the sidewalk: Dangerous waste. Examples: oil, batteries, pesticides, cleaning products, compressed gas, paints. (Note: If you suspect the materials contain lead-based paint, keep them moist or put the materials in plastic bags so the paint doesn’t become airborne.)

Do not place debris on or near downed power lines or near utility boxes.

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Your local authorities will tell you what is allowed and what is not to be picked up near the right-of-way and how to place it there. Debris must not obstruct the roadway.

Placing debris near or on trees, poles or other structures makes removal difficult. This includes fire hydrants and meters.

Demolition, repair and reconstruction debris

Examples include building materials, drywall, wood, carpet, furniture, and plumbing.

Demolition, repair and reconstruction by a contractor hired by an owner usually includes the removal and disposal of materials.


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