In accordance with 20 V.S.A. § 6(c), municipalities must develop all-hazards plans to guide municipal emergency management operations. A current local emergency plan is also required for municipalities to receive increased state reimbursement through the Emergency Relief and Assistance Fund (ERAF).
Local Hazard Mitigation Plans are used to identify policies and actions that can be implemented over the long term to reduce risk and future losses. Mitigation Plans form the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage.
Vermont’s State Emergency Management Plan is the framework for the coordination of Vermont capabilities to support local jurisdiction response with state-level resources in compliance with Federal guidelines.
The State Hazard Mitigation Plan for the State of Vermont identifies the natural hazards that could potentially affect the State. The SHMP assesses risk and vulnerability to these hazards and identifies top priority mitigation actions at the State level.