The most important step to disaster prevention is being prepared. NVDA has been working closely with our member towns to improve disaster preparedness.
ANR River Corridor Maps
The Agency of Natural Resources has posted a Base Map of river corridors on line at tinyurl.com/floodreadyatlas.
What they are: A river corridor is delineated to provide for the least erosive form toward which a river will evolve during floods over time. River corridor maps guide State actions to protect, restore, and maintain naturally stable meanders and riparian areas to minimize erosion hazards. Land within and immediately abutting a river corridor may be at higher risk to fluvial erosion during floods.
What they are not: River Corridor Maps do not indicate any required action on the part of municipalities. They are developed to facilitate ANR’s responsibilities in Act 250 to protect public safety from fluvial erosion hazards and to regulate activities exempt from municipal regulation under the Flood Hazard Area and River Corridor Rules. The Legislature has directed the ANR to promote municipal river corridor protection, but towns are not required, nor does the state have the authority to require the use of these maps by local communities. Landowners are not required to get flood insurance within Mapped River Corridors.
Over time, this newly posted map will serve as a place to composite data from the hundreds of separate river corridor and fluvial erosion hazard mapping exercises that have been conducted by our local and regional partners since 2004. The Base Map is a computer modelling product that will eventually incorporate both existing and new field-based stream geomorphic data (e.g., it does not yet reflect all those places where bedrock confines the stream channel). The ANR Rivers Program welcomes the opportunity to work directly with municipal and regional planning commissions in this process to ensure that the Statewide River Corridor Layer becomes a meaningful flood resiliency planning tool.
Two documents are attached;
ANR Releasing River Corridor Base Map: gives background information on why the state has generated a statewide map, provides links to other river corridor and flood hazard mitigation planning information, and list the local data that may yet be incorporated to build a robust Statewide River Corridor Layer.
Reviewing the River Corridor Base Map: explains the types of map refinements the ANR is hoping to make before posting the Statewide Map on the ANR Natural Resource Atlas early in the new year and how people may participate in that process.
Please forward this email to those in town governance or serving on municipal commissions whom you think would be interested in this information and click for more information about the map review and refinement process, river corridors, river corridor planning, and other frequently asked questions.
Mike Kline, State Rivers Program Manager
DEC Watershed Management Division
1 National Life Drive, Main 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3522
LOCAL EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLAN
NVDA works with all 55 member towns to complete Local Emergency Operations Plans (LEOP). Also known as the "pocket plan", the LEOP is a portable, efficient guide for use in the early stages of disaster response. It is updated after Town Meeting Day each year with the assistance of the Town Clerk, Selectboard, Fire Chief, and EMD. To view your town's LEOP you can contact your Town Clerk, or Bruce Melendy, the Emergency Management Specialist at NVDA.
As of 2014, Towns are required to use the new state template when updating the Local Emergency Operations Plan. The template is available in both Word format and PDF format. Updated LEOPs should be submitted to NVDA and they will then be forwarded to VT Department Emergency Management/Homeland Security. For additional guidance contact Bruce Melendy via email at email@example.com or by telephone at 802-424-1420.
2017 Local Emergency Operations Plan (LEOP) Template
2017 Local Emergency Operations Plan (LEOP) Guidance
REGIONAL EMERGENCY PLANS
With the help of FEMA and Homeland Security Grant funds, NVDA has completed a series of regional emergency plans for the Northeast Kingdom.
The Regional Emergency Operations Plan focuses on the four phases of emergency management: prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.
The Regional All-Hazards Mitigation Plan provides a hazards risk assessment in order to determine which emergencies and natural disasters occur most often and cause the most damage. Based on the findings a mitigation strategy is developed to off-set the impacts of these events. Local annexes were also developed for each town in the region. For a copy of your town's Local All-Hazard Mitigation Plan contact your Town Clerk or NVDA.
Additional Regional Emergency Planning Documents:
• Hazardous Materials Transportation Study
• Emergency Communications Plan
CONNECTICUT RIVER HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN
The Connecticut River Watershed Council issued a report in August 2001 for mitigating hazards in the Connecticut River Watershed:
"Protecting Economic and Environmental Resources In the Connecticut River Watershed: A Plan for Preventing Disasters and Justification for Further Planning and Mitigation."
This exemplary document could be referenced for your town, region, or watershed.
LOCAL EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMISSIONS
The Northeast Kingdom has monthly LEPC volunteer meetings for Orleans County, and for combined Caledonia-Essex Counties. The functions of the LEPC are Outreach, Hazards ID, Planning, Training and Exercise Plan (drill).
The mission of the LEPC is to provide resources and guidance to the community through education, coordination and assistance in All Hazard mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery planning to assure public health and safety. There will be an Emergency Management Coordinator for each town.
LEPC 9 Towns: Caledonia and Essex counties: Barnet, Burke, Danville, Groton, Hardwick, Kirby, Lyndonville, Newark, Peacham, Sheffield, Stannard, Sutton, Walden, Waterford, Wheelock, Concord, Granby, Guildhall, Victory.
LEPC 10 Towns: Orleans and Essex counties: Albany, Barton, Brownington, Craftsbury, Derby, Glover, Greensboro, Holland, Jay, Lowell, Newport City, Newport, Westfield, Westmore, Bloomfield, Brunswick, Canaan, Lemington, Maidstone, Norton, Unorganized Towns and Gores.
EMERGENCY PLANNING RESOURCES
VT Emergency Training
The Training Source for Vermont emergency responders. Designed to provide emergency service personnel with a single source Internet location for Fire, Law Enforcement, Local Government, EMS, Emergency Management, and Terrorism Training.
VT Emergency Management
A division of the VT Department of Public Safety. Vermont is one of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) partners.. EMAC allows for a quick response to disasters using unique resources and expertise possessed by member states.
Vermont Drought Task Force
Vermont has gone through several years of drought, leaving groundwater and surface water reservoirs at very low levels. The Vermont Drought Task Force was formed to serve as a planning and information resource for municipalities, farmers and individuals throughout Vermont. The website has answers to drought questions, drinking water safety and water use tips.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Everything you might be interested in is at this site: assistance, education, maps, grants, publications, library, contact info, insurance issues, etc.
National Weather Service
To check for severe weather information.
Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources online resource for local flood resilience planning.