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March 10, 2016

Flood Outlook/Preparedness Forums for Towns and Emergency Responders

The Vermont Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security will be hosting its annual series of Springtime Flooding Forums across Vermont during the week of March 14th. The meetings are designed to help community leaders and emergency responders prepare for possible problems, and advise what resources are available to them for a response to and recovery from such events.

The National Weather Service will review upcoming forecasts and the spring flood outlook. This presentation will have specific information on rivers that run through areas in which the meetings will be held.

DEMHS will discuss what resources are available to communities during incidents like floods. DEMHS staff will also talk about recovery from a disaster and the process of applying for federal disaster assistance in incidents where Vermont qualifies for a declaration.

Regional Planning Commissions will review protocols for information flow with communities during and after a disaster.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources will discuss the particulars of Emergency Protective Measures and when a permit may be required.

The Vermont Agency of Transportation will outline preparations for potential flooding and what the agency does during a flood response.

The forums will all run from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and will allow time for questions:

- Monday, March 14, State Emergency Operations Center, 45 State Drive, Waterbury

- Tuesday, March 15, VT State Police Barracks, 140 Fisher Pond Rd, St. Albans, VT

- Wednesday, March 16, Johnson Municipal Offices, 239 Lower Main Street, Johnson, VT

- Thursday, March 17, Brattleboro Retreat, 1 Anna Marsh Lane, Brattleboro, VT

- Friday, March 18, VT State Police Barracks, New Haven, 2490 Ethan Allen Highway, New Haven

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark Bosma, Public Information Officer, VT Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security, (802) 839-6717, http://vtalert.gov

Source: Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Last Updated at: March 10, 2016 09:50:26