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EMD Documentation & Planning Resources

The following documents should be part of every Emergency Management Director/Coordinator "toolbox"

  • FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Resources
    • ​The FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Program provides federal disaster assistance to state and local government organizations for debris removal, emergency protective measures and the permanent restoration or replacement of public facilities that are owned and operated by an eligible Applicant. This web page includes applicant guides, checklists, form templates, and other useful information to help applicants navigate the PA process. 
  • Local Emergency Management Plan (LEMP) Templates, Forms, & Examples
    • The Local Emergency Management Plan allows individual communities to coordinate disaster response.  Towns now have the option of submitting any format plan so long as the plan has all required elements and a completed adoption form. Templates are also available in both "long" and "short" format. LEMPs must be submitted to Regional Planning Commissions annually after town meeting day, but before May 1st.  
  • CARE (Citizens Assistance Registry for Emergencies)
    • Those who need special assistance during a disaster or evacuation can alert local responders of that need before emergencies. The CARE (Citizens Assistance Registry for Emergencies) program allows the elderly, people with limited mobility, or those who require specialized medical equipment to get extra help during a disaster.

      Local officials can provide special assistance to those who face unique challenges during evacuations, power outages, or extended periods of isolation. For those who have registered, CARE allows local emergency responders access to their information so they can better help these individuals during an evacuation, power outage or similar event. Click here information on how EMDs and local first responders can access the CARE information within their community. 

  • Vermont Statutes, Title 20: Internal Security and Public Safety, Chapter 001: Emergency Management (20 V.S.A. § 6)
    • 20 V.S.A. § 6 outlines the EMD requirement for all Vermont towns. 
  • Emergency Preparedness Workbook
    • The Emergency Preparedness Workbook contains information on how to prepare for disasters and how individuals and their families can stay safe during an emergency event, or weather emergency.  Email us for a hard copy for yourself, or order multiple copies for local distribution.
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS) Resource Typing Library Tool
    • The Resource Typing Library Tool (RTLT) is an online catalog of all NIMS resource typing definitions and job titles/position qualifications that have been released by FEMA. NIMS resource types provide the common language for the mobilization of resources (equipment, teams, units, and personnel) prior to, during, and after major incidents. NIMS resource types are viewable online, downloadable in PDF format.
  • ​Vermont Business Preparedness Workbook 
    • The Vermont Business Preparedness Workbook contains information to assist businesses in emergency preparation.  Email us for a hard copy to share with local businesses within your community. 
  • Top 12 Things a New EMD or EMC Should Do
    • Tips and suggestions for new EMDs for strengthening your emergency management program. 
  • Shelter Fundamentals
    • Shelter Fundamentals is available online through the American Red Cross EDGE system.  Register for an account by visiting  If you are not affiliated with Disaster Cycle Services or Service to the Armed Forces, select N/A for Region.
    • After registration, you can access EDGE by visiting
  • What Makes a Good Shelter?
  • Shelter Staffing Tool
    • Useful information for planning shelters within your community and determining the staffing needs to run a shelter.