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What is the Debris Removal Contractor Registry?

The Debris Removal Contractor Registry is an electronic database developed to assist state and local governments in identifying and contacting debris removal contractor resources. The information is provided and maintained by contractors and their representatives. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) does not verify and takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information they provide.


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Who can be on it?

Contractors who provide debris removal services can register and describe the equipment and staff they have available.


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Who can use it?

State and local governments, tribal authorities and other eligible Public Assistance applicants such as private nonprofit organizations can use the database to find contractors who can do the debris removal work they need.


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Does FEMA hire these contractors?

No. FEMA does not contract for debris removal. FEMA Public Assistance is a disaster grant program that reimburses eligible applicants (e.g. state and local governments) for eligible work done as part of the recovery when included in a Presidential disaster declaration.


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Does FEMA endorse these contractors?

No. FEMA does not endorse, approve or recommend any contractors. State and local governments should perform all appropriate due diligence prior to entering into a contract.


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Does hiring one of these contractors mean FEMA will reimburse my community for whatever they charge?

No. Contracting with any of the entities in this database DOES NOT assure a State or local government of reimbursement under a federal grant. State and local governments should follow their own competitive procurement procedures when selecting a contractor.


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What does my municipality need to know about hiring a contractor?

Under a presidential disaster declaration, your state is your partner in working with FEMA. State Public Assistance officers take the lead and serve as the grants manager for the program.


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Why is the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA hosting this Web site?

Homeland Security and FEMA want state and local governments to have the resources they need in case of disaster. Debris cleanup is a vital part of the recovery after a disaster, whether it's caused by a terrorist act at the World Trade Center or a hurricane as devastating as Katrina.


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What is the National Emergency Resource Registry (NERR)?

The National Emergency Resource Registry - NERR for short - is a government-private sector tool to share information. It was introduced last year as a virtual warehouse that the private sector and emergency responders could use to support communities devastated by hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. This year, the registry is being opened at the start of hurricane season.


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Where is the National Emergency Resource Registry located?

The National Emergency Resource Registry is part of the Homeland Security Information Network-Critical Infrastructure (HSIN-CI). It is an unclassified network, which provides the Homeland Security Operations Center is information about a broad spectrum of industries, agencies and critical infrastructure in the public and private sectors. It is part of the department's Private Sector Office.


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How do I become a government contractor?

To register to do business with the government as a contractor, you can go to the Central Contractor Registry at http://www.ccr.gov/

This registration requires a DUNS number, available from Dunn & Bradstreet. Companies can register for a DUNS Number, by calling (866) 705-5711, or visiting https://eupdate.dnb.com/requestoptions/government/ccrreg.


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* This registry tool was developed to assist state and local governments in identifying and contacting debris removal contractor resources. The information herein is provided and maintained by contractors and their representatives. FEMA does not verify and takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this database. FEMA does not endorse, approve, or recommend any contractors. State and local governments should perform all appropriate due diligence prior to entering into a contract. Contracting with any of the entities in this database does not assure a state or local government of reimbursement under a federal grant. State and local governments should follow their own competitive procurement procedures when selecting a contractor.

For questions or technical difficulties, please email fema-rims@dhs.gov.