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October 25, 2010

Preparedness Conference Brings Together Emergency Responders from All Corners of Vermont

Emergency Responders from all areas of Vermont gathered today (Tuesday October 26th) to discuss their work and learn from their colleagues. Vermont Emergency Management, the Vermont Department of Health, Vermont Homeland Security, and New England Center for Emergency Preparedness hosted the third annual Vermont Emergency Preparedness Conference at the Stowe Mountain Resort in Stowe.

The conference features training sessions, as well as equipment demos, and a general session where the entire group will gather in one room to hear speakers talk about issues that are relevant to all of Vermont, and a keynote address on another state’s response to a catastrophic incident.

“We are very fortunate in Vermont to be able to meet with responders from the entire state at one time,” Vermont Emergency Management Director Barbara Farr said. “Vermont is unique in its ability to get representatives from everywhere in the same room. This allows us to share best practices, and more importantly, helps us familiarize ourselves with each other, which makes working together in a large-scale incident go more smoothly. It puts us on the same page.”

The keynote speaker was Kris Eide, Emergency Management Director from the state of Minnesota. Eide spoke about her state’s response to a major bridge collapse three years ago. The I-35W Bridge collapsed at around 6 P.M. on August 1st, 2007 killing 13 people. Emergency responders were able to save the other occupants of some 100 cars that day in a massive rescue effort.

Photos and Eide’s presentation can be found on our web site at www.vemvt.com, click on the conference link on the top of the page.

Update 3:00 p.m. October 26th

The Following were recognized at the conference for their outstanding efforts:

Dick Trudell of Grand Isle was the recipient of the Lucky Diamond outstanding Community Emergency Response Team Member Award. This award is given to a CERT (http://vem.vermont.gov/programs/cert) member who provides outstanding leadership and exemplary service to their community within their volunteer role in the areas of emergency planning, preparedness, and response.

The University of Vermont was presented with its StormReady (http://www.stormready.noaa.gov/) accreditation. UVM became the second Vermont community to meet the requirements to be certified as Storm Ready. As part of the process, UVM improved its disaster response and warning capabilities by:

• Establishing a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center

• Improving its ability to receive severe weather warnings and to alert the public

• Creating a system that monitors weather conditions locally

• Promoting the importance of public readiness through community seminars/education

• Developing a formal hazardous weather plan

Gary Mason of Albany, VT; Dawn Hubbard of Dummerston, VT; Bradley Hale of Rutland City; and Gary Moore of Bradford, VT were presented with certificates for achieving level I Emergency Management Director certification (http://vem.vermont.gov/programs/emd/cert)

For more information on the conference please call Mark Bosma, Vermont Emergency Management Public Information Officer at 800-347-0488.

Source: Vermont Emergency Management
Last Updated at: October 25, 2010 10:48:20