VT Disaster Relief Funding Changes Going Into Effect in October

Published 08/19 2014 12:12PM

Updated 08/19 2014 12:19PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont officials are urging communities to prepare for new criteria for state disaster relief funding changes that go into effect in October.

A press release says because flooding is most common and costly state disaster, communities that help prepare and mitigate flood damage will qualify for higher percentages of state support after declared disasters.

The four basic municipal actions needed to qualify for 12.5 percent state share are:
  • Participate in the National Flood Insurance Program – or have applied.
  • Adopt 2013 Road and Bridge standards – annually certify adopted standards that meet or exceed the standards in the current handbook for local officials.
  • Update the Local Emergency Operations Plan (annually).
  • Prepare a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan – adopt a FEMA-approved local plan, or draft a plan and submit for FEMA review.
Communities that are not prepared, officials say, will see reductions in the percentage of disaster recovery funding contributed by the state. A majority of communities in the state have yet meet all four criteria, amounting to only 7.5 percent of the state share.

Community leaders and residents can get an instant report for the status of their community at Flood Ready Vermont.

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