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Vermont Emergency Management and its partners will host Vermont’s annual Spring Flooding/Ice Jam Seminars throughout February. These gatherings are an opportunity for emergency managers and community leaders to hear the latest forecast for spring ice jams and flooding, learn more about emergency response assistance available from state agencies, emergency planning, disaster recovery, hazard mitigation opportunities, and other topics.

All are welcome to attend the seminars, which are geared to local emergency management directors and community leaders who may one day be involved in a disaster response or recovery, including seeking federal disaster assistance.

The seminars will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the following locations:

  1. Friday, February 8: Vermont Department of Public Safety, State Emergency Operations Center, 45 State Drive, Waterbury (photo ID required for building access)
  2. Tuesday, February 12: Lyndon Public Safety Building, 316 Main Street, Lyndonville
  3. Thursday February 14: Swanton Town Office, 1 Academy Street, Swanton
  4. Tuesday, February 19: Hartford Town Hall, 171 Bridge Street, White River Junction
  5. Thursday, February 21: Park House, 340 Recreation Park Road, Manchester Center.

Agenda

  • National Weather Service: Winter Overview, Spring Outlook, Flooding Triggers
  • Vermont Emergency Management: Local emergency management guidance for before, during, and after a storm
  • Vermont Agency of Natural Resources: Who to call and what permits are needed when working in streams
  • Division of Fire Safety: Post-event inspection assistance
  • Vermont Agency of Transportation: VTrans’ role during response, emergency highway funds
  • Regional Planning Commission: Information flow during response and recovery
  • Group discussion: Stories from past storms and lessons learned.

For more information, please contact Ben Rose (ben.rose@vermont.gov) or Kim Canarecci (kim.canarecci@vermont.gov) or call 800-347-0488.