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