Natural disasters create massive amounts of vegetative debris, the majority of which is landfilled or open burned. These environmentally harmful practices are the norm partly out of necessity and convenience, with a focus on clearing material as quickly as possible after a disaster -- versus finding outlets for the material including mulch, compost and biomass fuel. There is an established track record of diverting debris from natural disasters to biomass fuel. In Florida, electricity was generated from almost half of the woody debris that resulted from Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne (in Polk County) in 2004. The federal interagency Woody Biomass Utilization Group was established in 2003, with a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the US Department of Agriculture, US Department of Energy and US Department of the Interior. The MOU creates a coordinated effort between the organizations to encourage the use of woody biomass from disasters and elsewhere.