Did you know that Washington County has had 8 presidentially declared disasters due to flooding alone since 1990, and includes Tropical Storm Floyd in 1999 and Tropical Storm Irene in 2011? With our ever changing weather patterns, we can expect wetter than normal conditions throughout the year.
The City of Barre has, over the years taken the necessary steps, both required and volunteer, to have plans in place that allow for mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. The City must constantly evaluate the infrastructure, including our roads and drainage so that we can handle these now expected hazards.
The City has several plans in place that aid us during disasters, reduce flood damage, mitigation planning to lessen disaster effects and recovery planning.
The EOP is the basis for the City’s emergency management system, and covers how the City will respond to an incident. It generally includes call lists, emergency resources, decision trees about actions, and authorizing statutes. It also covers pre- and post- incident phases, such as preparedness, training, evaluation, and recovery. The City’s EOP was updated in 2015, and will again be updated during the winter months of 2017 and 2018. The EOP can be found HERE.
The LEOP is plan, essentially a short version of the EOP that is required to be updated annually. It’s a plan that identifies the top three people that would be best to contact in an emergency, to determine the status of the City and the contact information. The LEOP contains critical information and checklists of emergency actions to take, lists of any shelters and vulnerable populations in the City, mitigation actions, ICS and emergency declaration forms. The LEOP can be found HERE.
A local hazard mitigation plan (LHMP) is a broad-based plan that assesses hazards and proposes measures to lessen their vulnerability to those with the most impact. The LHMP provides for a long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. Having a FEMA-approved LHMP qualifies the town for certain grant programs. The LHMP is valid for five years from the date of final FEMA approval. The current LHMP can be found HERE.