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A decision-support tool for post-disaster debris operations

Lorca, Alvaro
Çelik, Melih
Ergun, Oezlem
Keskinocak, Pinar
Debris generated by disasters can hinder relief efforts and result in devastating economic, environmental and health problems. In this paper, we present a decision-support tool to assist disaster and waste management officials with the collection, transportation, reduction, recycling, and disposal of debris. The tool enables optimizing and balancing the financial and environmental costs, duration of the removal operations, landfill usage, and the amount of recycled materials generated. It can support post-disaster operational decisions as well as the challenging task of developing strategic plans for disaster preparedness. (C) 2015 Published by Elsevier Ltd