Register by November 14 with Ray Doherty, DEMHS, to attend the two day FEMA Training G318: Preparing and Reviewing Local Hazard Mitigation Plans. The training will be held at the Vermont Emergency Operations Center in Waterbury. No charge. Lunch provided. Credits available for Certified Floodplain Managers.
The public is invited to comment on the Draft VT DEC Flood Hazard Area and River Corridor Protection Procedure. The River Corridor and Floodplain Protection Program will accept public comments until November 3, 2014. Written comments should be addressed to ANR.WSMDRivers@state.vt.us or DEC Rivers Program, Watershed Management Division, 1 National Life Drive, Main 2, Montpelier, VT 05620-3522
A community forum in Brandon on October 16 will introduce a project studying the Neshobe River and to gather community input on ways to protect business and the local economy from future floods.
A Day of Workshops for Vermont's Local Officials - Novermber 13, 2014 - 8am - 4:15pm
MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin and Joe Flynn, Director of Vermont Emergency Management and Homeland Security, today urged communities to prepare for new criteria related to state disaster relief funding that will go into effect in October.
These trainings cover a variety of topics, from the NFIP basics through specifics of elevation certificates, and are presented by STARR staff, FEMA, and State organizations. Many of the courses are eligible for CEC credits for Certified Floodplain Managers.
Lake Champlain Sea Grant is pleased to announce open registration for Sustainable Landscape Stewards in the Fall of 2014. Designed for Conservation Commission members and other community leaders, this course explores watershed science, Green Stormwater Infrastructure and State and Federal regulations that impact water quality locally.
Vermont leaders have a new online tool to help their communities become more flood resilient: Flood Ready Vermont at www.floodready.vermont.gov. Flood Ready Vermont compiles maps, information, and learning from around the state. This website will help community leaders in their work to avoid damage from flooding and to become more flood resilient.
FEMA offers three Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs to help States, Territories, Indian Tribal governments, local communities, private non-profits and businesses implement cost-effective, long-term mitigation measures for all natural hazards.
EPA released a new tool today to help communities prepare for, deal with, and recover from floods. The Flood Resilience Checklist offers strategies that communities can consider, such as conserving land in flood-prone areas; directing new development to safer areas; and using green infrastructure approaches, such as installing rain gardens, to manage stormwater.