The Emergency Relief and Assistance Fund (ERAF) provides State funding to match Federal Public Assistance after federally-declared disasters. Eligible public costs are reimbursed by federal taxpayers at 75%. For disasters after October 23, 2014, the State of Vermont will contribute an additional 7.5% toward the costs. For communities that take specific steps to reduce flood damage the State will contribute 12.5% or 17.5% of the total cost.
Links to sections below:
- Letter to Vermont Select Boards
- What specific steps can we take?
- What has my community done?
- How can we become more flood resilient?
- Who administers ERAF and How are ERAF Data Updated?
- More Resources
12.5% - eligible communities have adopted four mitigation measures:
- National Flood Insurance Program (participate or have applied);
- Town Road and Bridge Standards (adopt standards that meet or exceed the 2013 template in the current: VTrans Orange Book: Handbook for Local Officials);
- Local Emergency Operations Plan (adopt annually after town meeting and before May 1);
- Local Hazard Mitigation Plan - Adopt a FEMA- approved local plan (valid for five years). Or, a draft plan has been submitted to FEMA Region 1 for review.
17.5% - eligible communities also:
- Protect River Corridors from new encroachment; or, protect their flood hazard areas from new encroachments and participate in the FEMA Community Rating System. ERAF 17.5% Criteria
After a declared disaster the damage to public infrastructure including roads and culverts may approach a million dollars. Here is how the cost of damage will be carried by federal, state, and municipal taxpayers:
|7.5% ERAF Rate||12.5% ERAF Rate||17.5% ERAF Rate|
Get a report on what actions your community has taken to qualify for higher levels of post-disaster financial support through ERAF.
How do we update our bylaws to protect River Corridors and participate in the National Flood Insurance Program?
How do we update and certify our Town Road and Bridge standards?
The current VTrans Orange Book is online. The VTrans District Project Managers contact each community around January each year. Select Boards adopt or later certify the community's road standards. Contact information for the correct VTrans District Project Manager can be found on the on the Municipal Road and Bridge Standards Summary Report.
How do we adopt an approved Local Hazard Mitigation Plan?
How do we update our Local Emergency Operations Plan?
The Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) manages Public Assistance funding and tracks the eligibility of individual municipalities for the State of Vermont ERAF matching funds.
The Community Reports on Flood Ready Vermont reflect the current data from the primary agencies responsible for the information. Please be sure to route questions or updated information through the right contacts. More is here on How ERAF Data are Updated.
Flood Damage Mitigation Incentives for Municipalities under the New ERAF Rule, Milly Archer, VLCT - Summary of ERAF from Nov. 2012 Vermont League of Cities and Towns newsletter.
Memorable link to this page: tinyurl.com/erafvt
Map of ERAF Rates across Vermont - available on the Flood Ready Atlas tinyurl.com/floodreadyatlas
Handouts about ERAF and steps for flood resilience.