Kentucky Emergency Operations Center offers tips for debris removal after storms

Fema Debris Removal (Source: Kentucky Emergency Management)

MAYFIELD, Ky. (KBSI) – Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are working together with county and local partners to remove debris from the recent tornado in Graves County,

The Kentucky Emergency Operations Center provides the following information to help with the removal of debris.

Debris should be sorted into five categories:

  1. vegetative debris (tree branches, logs, leaves, plants)
  2. hazardous waste (oil, batteries, paint, cleaning supplies, compressed gas)
  3. electronics (TV’s, computers, phones, DVDs)
  4. construction debris (building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture, plumbing)
  5. large appliances (refrigerators, washers, dryers, air conditioners, stoves, water heaters, dishwashers).

Place debris only in the right of way (within 15 feet of the curb or edge of the street). Do not place debris on or near utility boxes, water meter covers, near trees, poles, fire hydrants, or other structures. Do not place debris in the roadway. If your insurance company is coordinating debris removal from your property, follow their instructions.

If you have homeowner’s insurance, file a claim with your insurance first. Then apply with FEMA. You can apply at a FEMA Mobile Registration Center, online through, through the FEMA app, or by calling 1-800-621-3362. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone or other service, give FEMA the number for that service.

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