Wed June 1 - Benefit Cost Analysis Tools for Drought and Ecosystem Services: Webinar

Hazard Mitigation Assistance: Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities Updates

In September 2015, FEMA released three new activities eligible for the HMA programs: Aquifer Storage and Recovery, Floodplain and Stream Restoration, and Flood Diversion and Storage, known as the Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities (CRMA). FEMA has developed BCA tools to calculate benefits for drought mitigation and/or ecosystem services for mitigation projects

Three Flood Proofing Workshops in Lamoille County

May 2, May 25 and Sept 7

3 FREE Workshops - Techniques to Flood Proof Buildings

The workshops will review the risks, regulations and insurance requirements for buildings in flood prone areas. Engineering strategies for protecting existing historic structures will be presented as well as several case studies. In addition, take away practical tips for flood proofing your building that won't break the bank.

2016 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Funds Available

FEMA Pre Disaster Mitigation (PDM) funding  has been announced for Federal Fiscal Year ’16, with applications due by June 15.  There is a set-aside of $575,000 for Vermont, so this should generate some good mitigation projects!

The State of Vermont contact person for PDM is Hazard Mitigation Planner Lauren Oates lauren.oates@vermont.gov

Notice of Funding Opportunity: FY 2016 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grants

Funding Opportunity - HMGP - Letter of Intent by 3/11/16

The VT Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security (DEMHS) is pleased to announce the availability of FEMA mitigation grant funds. The State of Vermont received a federal disaster declaration (DR 4232-VT) for damages resulting from flooding, which occurred on June 9, 2015. In addition to FEMA’s Public Assistance program, there are federal mitigation funds available to all Vermont towns through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). 

IJC invites public comment on draft flood forecasting and mapping report for Lake Champlain and Richelieu River and previews flood inundation maps

The International Joint Commission (IJC) is requesting comments from the public on a draft report to enhance flood preparedness and warnings for Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River by December 10, 2015.  Specifically the IJC asks if the report’s recommendations are sound and whether the recommendations address real needs for enhanced flood preparedness and warnings for Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River. 

Bounce Forward: Urban Resilience in the Era of Climate Change

Bounce Forward: Urban Resilience in the Era of Climate Change was released in May 2015 by the Island Press and the Kresge Foundation.

This is an exceptional strategy paper reflecting on the meanings of resilience from ecology, sociology, engineering and systems thinking.  The document offers a framework to consider actions based on the analysis of facts so as to promote inclusive and adaptive outcomes.

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