April 13, 2016

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.

February 26, 2016

The Board of the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) met this week in Wisconsin.  The agenda included a review of the proposed FEMA “disaster deductible”, and approval of the ASFPM Riverine Erosion Hazards White Paper (Feb. 2016).  

February 16, 2016

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

February 4, 2016

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). 

November 16, 2015

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 Ch

October 30, 2015

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

October 13, 2015

The 2016 Vermont Watershed Grants Program is now accepting applications for funding projects that help Vermonters protect, restore and enjoy the state's watersheds.  The applications are due no later than Friday, November 20, 2015.

September 25, 2015

The VT Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security (DEMHS) is reminding everyone of the current availability of FEMA mitigation grant funds.   The State of Vermont received a federal disaster declaration (DR 4207-VT) for damages resulting from the severe winter storm that occurred on Dec. 9-12, 2014.

August 13, 2015

The Bennington County maps showing high risk flood hazard areas will officially change on December 2. Two open house events are scheduled for people that want to learn more about flood risk, flood insurance and the effect of the map update.   Is your house or business in a hazard area?   This is a particularly important question for buildings that are identified as at a high risk on the December map but not at high risk on the older map.


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