Recovery for Towns
The wind and flooding event of October 31 - November 1 caused millions of dollars of damage around Vermont, leaving towns with debris cleanup and extensive road repairs. Vermont Emergency Management has been working with FEMA on a Preliminary Damage Assessment for the purposes of requesting a Public Assistance Disaster Declaration. A declaration would allow towns to seek reimbursement for 75% of storm recovery costs.
Towns that sustained damage should:
- Make necessary repairs to roads and remove debris. A PA disaster declaration allows for re-imbursement of costs only, towns must first do the work.
- Take photos of damage and keep close records of repair costs for the application process.
- It is not necessary for FEMA to see damages in all communities at this stage. VEM will contact a town if FEMA is going to visit. All towns will have an opportunity to submit requests for FEMA reimbursement later. There is nothing else towns need to do for FEMA at this time (except as general best practice: take photos, communicate with your ANR River Engineer, follow your local procurement policy, and be safe out there!)
- Watch for notices of applicant briefings, should Vermont receive a declaration. The applicant briefings are the first step in the process of receiving aid.
- Visit our Public Assistance page for detailed information on the process: https://vem.vermont.gov/funding/pa
The state will be requesting a Public Assistance Disaster Declaration by the end of November, and a decision by FEMA and the President usually takes between 2 and 8 weeks.
A number of private residences have also been damaged to varying degrees. Towns are asked to ensure residents with damage report it to Vermont 2-1-1, this information will inform a decision to seek federal aid for private homeowners.