A Local Emergency Operations Plan allows individual communities to coordinate disaster response. LEOPs must be submitted to Regional Planning Commissions annually after town meeting day, but before May 1st.
Local Hazard Mitigation Plans are used to identify policies and actions that can be implemented over the long term to reduce risk and future losses. Mitigation Plans form the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. The LHMP is valid for five years from the date of final FEMA approval.
The State Hazard Mitigation Plan for the State of Vermont identifies the natural hazards that could potentially affect the State. The SHMP assesses risk and vulnerability to these hazards and identifies top priority mitigation actions at the State level. The SHMP was approved on November 18, 2013. The 2018 SHMP is currently under development.
Vermont’s State Emergency Operations Plan is the framework for the coordination of Vermont capabilities to support local jurisdiction response with state-level resources in compliance with Federal guidelines.