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  • Hazard Mitigation Grant Funding and the Importance of Documentation
  • 04/17/2012
  • Documenting repetitive prior damage to public infrastructure is crucial in obtaining funding through FEMA’s 404 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). Print and fill out this table to keep a record of work and costs associated with your roads, bridges, culverts and other public infrastructure. The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission also recommends that you photograph the finished work and attach the images to the documents. Supporting documentation does increase your chances for funding.

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  • Funds May be Available to Rebuild to NFIP Requirements
  • 03/20/2012
  • Your home or business was badly damaged during the spring 2011 floods or Tropical Storm Irene and you are ready to repair or rebuild. But when you apply for a building permit, you find out you are required to meet your community’s floodplain management ordinance. What to do?

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  • Federal Aid for Irene and Spring Flooding Tops $100M
  • 03/08/2012
  • According to a FEMA March 8 news release, federal authorities have provided more than $100 million in financial assistance to Vermonters coping with the 2011 floods and Tropical Storm Irene.

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  • Recovery efforts update
  • 03/01/2012
  • Recovering from the widespread damage and destruction of last summer's Tropical Storm Irene is expected to cost between $700 million and $1 billion. Vermonters have responded to this disaster in countless generous ways, but much work remains to be done. On March 1, 2012, the I Am Vermont Strong website recently posted a comprehensive update of recovery efforts on its website, http://www.vtstrong.vermont.gov/.

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  • Mitigation Plan Clarification
  • 01/31/2012
  • To clarify the process and procedure for submitting local mitigation plans to VEM and FEMA, all draft plans and APA-approved plans must be submitted directly to Vermont Emergency Management, which in turn forwards them to FEMA Region 1. DO NOT submit draft or final mitgation plans directly to FEMA Region 1 or to the FEMA staff at the Joint Field Office.

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  • Substantial Damages and Proposed HMGP Buy-Outs
  • 01/31/2012
  • Homes located outside of the 100-year flood zone are eligible for buyout under HMGP;  however, they must meet FEMA’s benefit cost analysis (BCA) requirements. A substantially damage determination can only be substituted for a BCA for a home located in the designated  flood zone or Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). VEM has instructed the SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) outreach team to bring those homes to our attention as quickly as possible to determine if they can meet BCA requirements. As a general rule of thumb, if this is the only event that has caused them to flood, it is highly doubtful they will make a BCA or >1.0. The precise guidance is below.

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  • HMGP Applications
  • 01/31/2012
  • For towns submitting Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) applications, this is a reminder that FEMA requires that the community have an approved and adopted mitigation plan in order to be eligible for the HMGP grant. Vermont Emergency Management’s policy is to accept HMGP applications from towns without an approved plan, provided the local mitigation plan is under development or in the process of approval and adoption. This policy also applies to towns whose plans have expired and which need to be updated. FEMA will not release funds for approved HMGP projects unless a town’s plan has been approved and adopted.

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  • FEMA Tropical Storm Irene Presentation to Legislature
  • 01/24/2012
  • On Jan. 19, 2012, the FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer made this presentation (FEMA-4022-DR-VT: Tropical Storm Irene) to the members of the Vermont General Assembly Flood Caucus.

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  • Vermont Nets $21.6 M in Post-Irene Community Development Funds
  • 01/20/2012
  • [News from the Vermont Delegation] In a keenly awaited step along Vermont’s path to recovery from Irene, Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I), Congressman Peter Welch (D) and Governor Peter Shumlin (D) Friday announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is releasing $21.6 million in community rebuilding funds to Vermont from a newly enacted appropriations bill.

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  • Tropical Storm Irene Testimony
  • 01/06/2012
  • On January 6, VLCT's Karen Horn testified before the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee concerning ongoing recovery efforts from Tropical Storm Irene.

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  • Irene Recovery Report
  • 01/06/2012
  • On Friday, January 6, Irene Recovery Coordination Team released the Irene Recovery Report, “a baseline of our Irene efforts to date and a blueprint for ongoing recovery efforts, policy considerations, and opportunities to rebuild Vermont Strong.” I Am Vermont Strong is also a website that seeks “to provide a central and comprehensive source for recovery efforts.”

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  • Post Irene Property Law Task Force Report
  • 01/05/2012
  • Last October, Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell convened a task force to review the status of Vermont property law and its ability to respond to issues raised by Tropical Storm Irene. The Post Irene Property Law Task Force Report, on the Vermont Bar Association's website, is the result of the work of that task force.

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  • Accounting Help for Flood Victims
  • 01/04/2012
  • The Vermont Society of CPAs has formed a task force to offer free or reduced-fee tax preparation and consulting services to victims of the 2011 flooding. There are special tax treatments for casualty losses, and members of the Society will help affected taxpayers with their 2011 returns to take advantage of any tax provisions available. Zoning administrators should refer requests or questions to Carolyn Stevens, CPA, at 802-485-6448 or cstevens@trans-video.net.

    There are also some resources for taxpayers who want to do some research of their own. You can find a wealth of information at the IRS website www.irs.gov by typing in the search term "disaster loss" or by looking for Publication 2194 (Disaster Losses Kit for Individuals) or Publication 2194B (Disaster Losses Kit for Businesses). Pages 23-45 of the individual kit contain the asset listings, which you can print out to use as a prompt to develop loss information or to improve the comprehensiveness of any list already made.

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  • Access to Gravel
  • 12/27/2011
  • In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, the Natural Resources Board allowed towns to take gravel from pits without first securing permit amendments to allow new extraction, more frequent truck trips, or expanded hours of operation. That situation greatly helped many towns that were adversely affected by Irene, but that phase of recovery is over.

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  • Irene Recovery Fund for Nonprofits Awards $185K, Expands Grant Eligibility
  • 12/01/2011
  • The Vermont Community Foundation announced that its Special and Urgent Needs-Irene Recovery Fund has awarded a total of $185,000 to 40 Vermont nonprofit organizations impacted by Tropical Storm Irene since its creation in early September. As of November 30, total contributions received or pledged to the fund exceeded $369,000.

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  • River Work Testimony before House and Senate Committees
  • 11/18/2011
  • On November 15, Public Policy and Advocacy Director Karen Horn testified before the House Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources Committee and the House and Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committees on the matter of work in the rivers in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. Here is a transcript of the testimony.

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  • Local Mitigation Plan Help from FEMA
  • 11/17/2011
  • Vermont Emergency Management has been working closely with FEMA staff at the Joint Field Office in Burlington. FEMA mitigation planning specialists are currently available to assist RPCs with development of local mitigation plans for individual towns. If you need such assistance, contact Ray Doherty, State Hazard Mitigation Officer, at rdoherty@dps.state.vt.us or 802-241-5258, and he will schedule an appointment for you. Having a FEMA-approved mitigation plan is particularly important for towns that intend to submit an HMGP grant application.

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  • Irene Legislative Update
  • 11/15/2011
  • Irene Recovery Officer Neale Lunderville made this presentation to the Vermont Legislature on November 10, 2011, detailing the progress on recovery from Tropical Storm Irene.

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  • FEMA News and Updates - Applicant Briefings for Spring Floods Begin; Beware of Disaster Fraud
  • 11/14/2011
  • News Releases, Advisories and Updates from FEMA

    Please also see FEMA Resources and FEMA Procurement pages

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  • Irene-Related Legislation Proposals
  • 11/02/2011
  • At its 2011 Annual Meeting on October 6, the VLCT Board of Directors distributed a list of proposals for legislation related to recovery efforts from Tropical Storm Irene. The Board asked VLCT members to weigh in with suggestions based on their knowledge of shifting priorities due to recovery efforts or the discovery of new needs. This updated list (Nov. 1, 2011) reflects those suggestions.

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  • The FAAT List
  • 10/14/2011
  • Ever wonder what all those letters that FEMA liberally sprinkles through its documents stand for? The FEMA Acronyms, Abbreviations and Terms (FAAT) List can help. The document, subject to periodic updating, recognizes terminology existence, not legitimacy. Entries known to be obsolete are included because they may still appear in extant publications and correspondence.

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  • Vt. Dept of Labor Announces National Emergency Disaster Grants
  • 10/03/2011
  • The Department of Labor has available National Emergency Disaster Grants that offer labor assistance in the clean-up and restoration services to organizations damaged by the severe storms and flooding in Vermont. The grant may pay wages to participants of up to $12,000 for a period of up to six months.

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  • ANR Enters New Phase in Flood Recovery
  • 09/30/2011
  • Agency of Natural Resources press release:

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  • Composting: An alternative to plowing under flood-damaged crops
  • 09/26/2011
  • Composting: A Post-Flood Crop Management Alternative is a regularly updated article from the Composting Association of Vermont, available at www.compostingvermont.org/.

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  • Irene assistance package for towns
  • 09/21/2011
  • Governor Shumlin was joined by Treasurer Beth Pearce and other state leaders today [September 20, 2011] to announce an Irene recovery package for municipalities struggling with the effects of the tropical storm.

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  • FEMA Procurement Information
  • 09/17/2011
  • Please go to the VLCT FEMA Procurement Information page for links to documentations and forms needed for this process.

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  • Managing Disaster-Generated Debris
  • 09/16/2011
  • If technical assistance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would be helpful, please contact me (571-208-8906 or john.saggese@dhs.gov) for further information. Please indicate your municipality and county, and include a contact phone number.

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  • Auditor: New Links about FEMA PA accountability
  • 09/12/2011
  • This page contains news releases or other information distributed by Vt. State Auditor, Tom Salmon. His contact information is:

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  • Document Restoration and Preservation - Update
  • 09/12/2011
  • Below is a compilation of material post by Gregory Sanford to the Muninet news group. For more infomation, contact:

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  • ANR - Technical Assistance for Recovery and Info about Failed Septic Systems
  • 09/08/2011
  • Here are a couple of links to recent Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Press Releases

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  • Basic Safety Considerations for Flood Recovery Volunteers
  • 09/08/2011
  • As Vermonters pull together to evaluate, clean, dry and rebuild their communities, volunteers play a crucial role in helping towns and neighbors recover.  These volunteers are most often organized by one or more coordinators who help assign daily tasks, offer safety guidance and provide personal protective equipment to help keep the volunteers safe.  The coordinator can play a key educational and loss prevention role with the volunteers.  It is for this reason that we offer the following guidance and recommendations to assist them with that process.

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  • Flood Debris
  • 09/08/2011
  • The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation's Waste Management Division created this poster that explains how to dispose of post-flood debris.

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  • RPC Roles in Local Road Recovery
  • 09/07/2011
  • This Memo to Municipalities from Brian Searles, Vt. Secretary of Transportation, explains the role of Regional Planning Commissions in Local Road Recovery.

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  • VEM Briefing for Public Assistance
  • 09/07/2011
  • The Vermont Agency of Transportation presented an Applicant Briefing for the FEMA Public Assistance Grant Program on September 8, 2011, which included an overview of the process to receive FEMA assistance for cities and towns. Here is a Powerpoint pdf of the presentation.

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  • FEMA Teleconference of Sept 6 with Audio Link
  • 09/06/2011
  •  The Vermont League of Cities and Towns sponsored a teleconference with Craig Gilbert, FEMA Coordinating Officer for recovery operations in Vermont on Tuesday, September 6, at 10 AM. 

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  • Vermont Cultural Heritage and Art Recovery Team
  • 09/02/2011
  • The Vermont Cultural Heritage and Art Recovery Team (VCHART) is hosted by the Vermont Historical Society in Barre, Vermont. Its members include curators, conservators, librarians, archivists, municipal clerks, and emergency responders. The team is an outgrowth of the Vermont Alliance for Response symposium held in Woodstock, Vermont, in 2009 that brought together staff from interested cultural institutions and first responders to discuss the need for collaboration and preplanning prior to emergency situations. The Vermont Alliance for Response is part of a Heritage Emergency National Task Force sponsored by Heritage Preservation and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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  • More Post-Irene Resources
  • 08/31/2011
  • The information and recommendations on this page come from Representative Shap Smith, Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives.

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  • VTResponse
  • 08/30/2011
  • VTResponse is a  frequently updated website that tracks flood relief efforts in Vermont.

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  • Spring Flooding Emergency Disaster Grant
  • 08/03/2011
  • The Vermont Department of Labor has released a grant application for public and nonprofit entities that suffered flood damage in Addison, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, and Orleans counties from April 23 to May 09, 2011 and Caledonia and Washington counties on May 26 and May 27, 2011.

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  • Road Condition Map
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