Vermont's State Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies natural hazards that affect Vermont, assesses risk and vulnerability to these hazards, and identifies top priority mitigation actions at the State level to remove vulnerability and create a more resilient Vermont.
2018 State Hazard Mitigation Plan (SHMP) Update
Are you working to make Vermont stronger and safer in the face of climate change and increasing frequency and severity of storms? If so, we need your help and ideas! Vermont is launching its 2018 State Hazard Mitigation Planning Process. This important process will bring together state agencies, non-profits, businesses, academic institutions and more to identify our most prominent natural hazards and ways to reduce the vulnerability of our people, property, and environment. It will offer new opportunities to set statewide priorities, build collaboration, and identify future funding opportunities.
Contact Stephanie Smith, Hazard Mitigation Planner, for more information about ways to get involved and share your ideas.
The State Hazard Mitigation Plan Steering Committee is responsible for the high-level decision-making and steering of the SHMP update process, including cross-sector coordination and guidance.
Three Working Groups will meet throughout the plan update process to provide subject matter and technical expertise on mitigation challenges and needs, and develop mitigation strategies.
- Environment & Natural Systems:
The Environment & Natural Systems group will focus on strengthening and protecting our State’s landscapes and ecological functions, as a way to reduce our vulnerability to hazards. Restoring river and floodplain functions, enhancing soil quality, curbing invasive species, building forest health, and conserving critical ecosystems are all essential strategies that can help us reduce potential damage from climate change and many associated natural hazards.
- Planning & Policy:
The Planning & Policy group will focus on implementing or facilitating strong plans and policies that increase resilience and reduce our vulnerability to hazards. Strategies include developing incentives or regulations that encourage local hazard mitigation plans, building model bylaws or plans to support local zoning and protections, incorporating resilience into town or regional plans, connections between local planning efforts, watershed or stormwater plans and more.
- Structures & Infrastructure:
The Structures & Infrastructure group will focus on strengthening and protecting our State’s developed areas, structures, infrastructure and cultural/built assets, as a way to reduce our vulnerability to hazards. Strategies include building flood- and hazard-resilient transportation infrastructure, resilient housing and village centers, strong utilities and telecommunications systems, and protections for historic and cultural resources.
The 2013 Vermont State Hazard Mitigation Plan was approved by FEMA on November 18, 2013.