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State Hazard Mitigation Plan


2023 State Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

Vermont's State Hazard Mitigation Plan (SHMP or 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 Plan must be updated and submitted by Vermont Emergency Management (VEM) to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for approval every five years. Updating the Plan is required in order for Vermont to remain eligible to receive FEMA funding following disasters.
2023 State Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Plan was last updated and approved in 2018, and a new, updated Plan is due to be completed in 2023. The 2023 SHMP is due for review by FEMA in fall 2023 and needs to be approved no later than November 2023. The 2023 SHMP update process is currently underway. Below is a visual representation of the stakeholder and public engagement activities planned for the 2023 Plan update process.

visual representation of the stakeholder and public engagement activities planned for the 2023 Plan update process

Contact Us!

Contact Caroline Paske at Caroline.Paske@Vermont.gov with any questions regarding the SHMP update.

 

2018 State Hazard Mitigation Plan - FEMA Approval: November 17, 2018 

2018 State Hazard Mitigation Plan - Executive Summary 

2018 State Hazard Mitigation Plan - Full Plan 

2018 State Hazard Mitigation Plan by Section: 

If you have any questions on the plan, please reach out to Stephanie A. Smith, stephanie.a.smith@vermont.gov or (802) 241-5362. 


  • 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.  
  • 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 was responsible for the high-level decision-making and steering of the SHMP update process, including cross-sector coordination and guidance. 

Working Groups

Working Groups met 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.