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.
On June 14th, President Obama announced the National Disaster Resilience Competition. Responding to demand from state, local and tribal leaders who are working to increase the safety and security of their communities, the nearly $1 billion competition will invite communities that have experienced natural disasters to compete for funds to help them rebuild and increase their resilience to future disasters.
The Gund Institute for Ecological Economics released the inaugural Vermont Climate Assessment report. This study, led by Dr. Gillain Galford, is the first in the nation state level climate assessment modeled after the National Climate Assessment. The report covers 9 sectors (policy, community development, water resources, forests, agriculture and food systems, recreation and tourism, human health, transportation, and education-outrach).
The 2014 Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act (HFIAA) is described by Milly Archer in the June 2014 Newsletter of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.
As HFIAA is implemented through the months ahead FEMA will post updated information and bulletins online.