State Hazard Mitigation Plan (SHMP)

2018 State Hazard Mitigation Plan (SHMP) Update 

The next Working Group meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 13 from 1-4pm in Waterbury to develop action implementation plans. Please contact Hazard Mitigation Planner Stephanie Smith for more information: Stephanie.A.Smith@vermont.gov, 802-242-5362

Leading up to the December working group meeting, we’re taking the hazard mitigation planning process on the road. We want to hear about big ideas for mitigation action that we’ve missed, and we want to hear from more organizations, more people working on mitigation and related topics, in more parts of the state. 

We need your help to reach the groups, colleagues and communities you work with. We’ve created two simple options to help you gather ideas and host important conversations where you work:

  • Meeting-in-a-Box: You can easily host your own conversation with this kit, which includes instructions, an agenda and facilitator’s script, and all the materials you need to update your group on hazard mitigation and record feedback. We can customize it for 30- or 60 minute meetings, and to your area of interest. At the end, you simply send back the feedback sheets or snap photos.
  • Action Posters: If you don’t want to host a meeting, we will send you a set of two posters, which you can hang in an office, at an event, on a bulletin board or wherever you have wall space. One poster gives a simple overview of hazard mitigation and this process, and the other allows people to write in big ideas for state actions. We will send you a custom poster that overlaps with your groups area of interest - such as clean water, local government, or transportation resilience.
If you’re interested in hosting a meeting or posters between now and November 20, please fill out this short form to tell us what you’d like and we’ll send you materials and confirm details.

  • VISION: Vermont will be safe and resilient in the face of climate change and natural disasters.  
  • MISSION: To protect life, property, natural resources and quality of life in Vermont by reducing our vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters.  
  • DRAFT GOALS
    • Protect, restore and enhance Vermont’s natural resources to promote healthy, resilient ecosystems.  
    • Enhance the resilience of our built environment - our communities, infrastructure, buildings, and cultural assets. 
    • Develop and implement plans and policies that create resilient natural systems, built environments and communities. 
    • Create a common understanding of – and coordinated approach to – mitigation planning and action. 

Steering Committee

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. 

Working Groups

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. 


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. The 2013 Vermont State Hazard Mitigation Plan was approved by FEMA on November 18, 2013.  

Contact Information

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45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1300
(800) 347-0488
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