Spring Flood Information Sessions
Although winter has only been upon us for about a month, now is the time to start thinking about spring flooding. Vermont Emergency Management and its partners will host Vermont’s annual Spring Flood Open Houses during the first 2 weeks of February. These events are an opportunity to meet with regional, state, and federal partners to discuss what to expect this year and how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from seasonal flooding.
All are welcome to attend the events, geared toward community leaders who may be involved in disaster preparedness, response, or recovery. The schedule:
- Rutland Free Library (10 Court St, Rutland): Monday, February 3rd, 1-4 p.m.
- Johnson Town Hall (293 Lower Main Street, Johnson): Tuesday, February 4th, 1-4 p.m.
- Brattleboro Fire Department (103 Elliot St, Brattleboro): Wednesday, February 5th, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Coventry Community Center (168 Main Street, Coventry): Friday, February 7th, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Swanton Municipal Hall (120 First Street, Swanton): Tuesday, February 11, 1-4 p.m.
The open house format allows attendees to come and go as needed. At the beginning of and halfway through each event the National Weather Service will provide a formal 20-minute Spring Flood Outlook. Partners will staff tables to discuss how their agency can support communities.
- Regional Planning Commissions: Assits municipalities in updating their Local Emergency Management Plan, coordinating emergency management trainings and exercises, and providing technical assistance on grant programs and the Emergency Relief and Assistance Fund.
- Vermont Emergency Management: Will provide information on planning, training, and exercise services available to communities. Representatives from the Recovery and Mitigation Section will discuss how they work with FEMA to deliver federal disaster recovery and mitigation programs to Vermont communities, including:
- Public Assistance Program (for 75% federal reimbursement of eligible repair and replacement costs of municipal infrastructure damage).
- Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs that provide 75% federal share for projects including floodplain restoration, acquisition and demolition of flood-prone structures, and replacement of undersized drainage structures which cause chronic flooding.
- Vermont Silver Jackets Program, will be conducting ice jam outreach and planning projects with federal partners in Coventry, Johnson, Lyndon, and Swanton during 2020.
- Division of Fire Safety: The Division of Fire Safety will discuss safety requirements for local sheltering, special operations assistance during an incident and recovery, and post-event inspection assistance, as well as HazMat and Urban Search and Rescue.
- Vermont Agency of Transportation: Will talk about their role as a technical resource for local town officials. They administer State and Federal town grants helping municipalities maintain their infrastructure, and assess town damages in disaster events to verify the event qualifies for federal assistance.
- Agency of Natural Resources: The Agency of Natural Resources Department of Environmental Conservation will discuss who to call and what permits are needed when working in streams.
- US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE): The USACE mission areas include Flood Risk Management, Coastal Storm Risk Management, Project Operations, Emergency Operations, Military Construction, Navigation, Recreation, and Environmental Restoration Services.
- Vermont National Guard: The Vermont National Guard provides many resources during disasters, from sandbags to air assets. Representatives from the Guard Office will help attendees understand their organizational capabilities and procedures for requesting Guard resources through VEM
- National Weather Service: National Weather Service will be on hand to provide a spring flood outlook for the region and inform decision makers about flooding causes and potential mitigation efforts.
There is no need to RVSP for the event. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Emily Harris at VEM at Emily.email@example.com.