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Vermont Emergency Management July, 2023 Newsletter

VEM News

 June, 2023
Volume 17 Issue 6

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Registration Open for 2023 Vermont Emergency Management Conference

Speaker presenting a PowerPoint to half a dozen people facing them.

Registration is now open for the 2023 Vermont Emergency Preparedness Conference. This year’s event will be held September 20-21 at the Burke Mountain Hotel and Conference Center in East Burke.

2023 Conference Registration

The annual conference allows local, state, and federal emergency responders; town officials; and others involved in emergency planning, response, and recovery to come together and learn more about best practices, and network with others with similar responsibilities.

The event features a general session, awards ceremony, and breakout sessions throughout each day. Once the schedule of sessions is finalized in early August, VEM will publicize those sessions through our usual channels.

For more details visit the VEM Vermont Emergency Preparedness Conference page.

Nominations Sought for Emergency Management Director of the Year

The Emergency Management Director of the Year award is presented each year at the Vermont Emergency Preparedness Conference to an Emergency Management Director that has demonstrated excellence in the local EMD role.  Nominations must be received by noon on Tuesday, August 1st to be considered.  To be eligible, a nominee must:

       •  Have been a duly appointed Emergency Management Director for their town/city at some point between August 1, 2022 and August 1, 2023.

       •  Be from a town/city with a current Local Emergency Management Plan on file with Vermont Emergency Management.

       •  Be enrolled in or completed trainings within the Vermont EMD Certification Program.

Please consider nominating an EMD that is worthy of this honor.  If you have any questions about the EMD of the Year and who is eligible, please reach out to

Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Jennifer Morrison, Sandy Korda of Orwell holding Emergency Management Director of the Year Award, and then Vermont Emergency Management Director Erica Bornemann

Another $8 Million Available From Flood Resilient Communities Fund

The next round of funding from the Flood Resilient Communities Fund is now open. Another $8 million is available with a deadline of July 31, 2023.

Flood Resilient Communities Fund (FRCF) was established by the Vermont Legislature under Act 74 with the intent of improving landscape and community resilience and reducing the future public safety and water quality impacts of climate-related flood hazards in Vermont, focusing on buyouts of flood-vulnerable properties.

The fund has another $8 million available for projects like flood-vulnerable property buyouts (which do not need to have been previously damaged, they just have to be at risk); buyouts of vacant, at-risk properties; floodplain restoration projects; dam removal that reduced flood risk. More information is available in this fund overview document.

If you would like to discuss a specific project, schedule a meeting with VEM staff at this link

If you are interested in pursuing this funding, submit an application to with the subject: Application – Flood Resilient Communities Fund by July 31, 2023.

2023 Vermont Emergency Management Engagement Survey

Vermont Emergency Management is looking for your feedback to help us better deliver products and services to our constituents. Each year VEM seeks comment from our local, regional, and state partners in the areas of training, exercises, communication, resources, and program development. This feedback will better inform our operations and outreach.
Please take this 12-minute survey by visiting: . It will close at noon on Tuesday, July 18th.
If you have any questions or want to discuss the survey, please contact the Engagement Section Chief

Nature-Based Solutions for Mitigation Hazards

VEM is hosting a virtual Nature-Based Solutions for Mitigating Hazards course on Tuesday, October 24, from 1-5pm. 

This course aims to highlight nature-based solutions as important and effective tools for mitigating hazards and climate impacts. The course provides planners, government officials, and hazard mitigation professionals information on the types, applications, and benefits of nature-based solutions as well as the common barriers for their use. The course focuses on the planning and implementation mechanisms that can be leveraged to employ these solutions. 

Register:, registration code 69178


July 2023

ICS 300- Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents – In Person
Milton Fire Department- Milton, VT
July 18-20, 2023, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day
Prerequisite: ICS-100 and ICS- 200
Registration required via State Learning Management System:

August 2023

SEOC Orientation- In Person
DPS – Headquarters- Waterbury
August 15, 2023, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Prerequisite: IS-100
Must be on the SEOC Roster
Registration required via State Learning Management System: 

Vermont Local Emergency Management Director Course – Hybrid
Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad or virtual
August 17, 2023, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Registration required via the State Learning Management System:

September 2023

G0191 – ICS/EOC Interface – In Person
Grand Isle Sheriff’s Department, Grand Isle, VT
September 7, 2023, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Prerequisite: IS-200, IS-700, and IS-800
Registration required via the State Learning Management System:

Vermont Emergency Preparedness Conference
Burke Mountain Hotel & Conference Center
September 20-21, 2023
2023 Conference Registration

October 2023

L0146 Homeland Security Exercise & Evaluation Program (HSEEP) - In Person
Londonderry Rescue Squad, Londonderry, VT 
October 4-5, 2023, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. each day
Prerequisite: IS-120
Must attend all sessions to receive credit.
Registration required via the State Learning Management System: