In accordance with 20 V.S.A § 6 and the 2013 State Emergency Operations Plan, "each Vermont jurisdiction is expected to develop and maintain a Local Emergency Operations Plan". A current local emergency plan is also required for municipalities to receive federal preparedness funds and increased state reimbursement through the Emergency Relief and Assistance Fund (ERAF). Municipalities should review and update their emergency plans annually and readopt them between Town Meeting and May 1 every year. Municipalities report adoption of LEMPs through their Regional Planning Commission with the LEMP adoption form.
Municipalities may coordinate with VEM, though Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs) or VEM Regional Coordinators (RCs), for assistance in developing and exercising their LEMPs. Visit the EMD Partner Page for more information.
Local Emergency Management Plan (LEMP) Templates
At minimum, LEMPs must include two documents:
- A completed LEMP Adoption Form
- A base plan including the minimum requirements outlined on page 2 of the LEMP Adoption Form.
Municipalities may use one of the provided base plan templates below (Short Form or Long Form) or any other plan format so long as it includes the requirements outlined on page 2 of the Adoption Form. If your municipality is not using the Short or Long template, be sure to include page numbers for each requirement outlined in the Adoption Form.
Local Emergency Management Plan Municipal Adoption Form (Fillable PDF)
Base Plan Templates:
LEMP Template Short Form (Word)
LEMP Template Long Form Full (with directions and sample text - Word)
For additional LEMP templates, see the LEMP Appendices page.
Not sure if you've submitted your LEMP? Go to the flood ready website to find out.