The Division of Homeland Security and Homeland Security of the Department of Public Safety (DEMHS) provides aid and support to Vermont’s Local Emergency Management Directors (LEMDs), Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs), Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs), Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), state agencies, and emergency response providers. Through its programs, both before, during, and after times of crisis, DEMHS empowers local communities through disaster preparedness programs, guidance and technical assistance.
- Act as Vermont's single point of contact for emergency management
- Provide emergency management leadership for state and local partners
- Exercise and train staff and partners in modern facilities to deliver services
- Develop and maintain emergency management accreditation/standards
- Ensure sufficient training opportunities for emergency providers
- Increase partnerships with both the public and private sectors
- Enhance the State's capability to deliver services through resource management
- Facilitate a mitigation program that will allow for communities to identify potential hazards and to develop strategies to protect themselves from future disasters.
- Provide public outreach/education for a wide audience.