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Emergency Planning

Through funding from Vermont Emergency Management and the Department of Homeland Security, NRPC assists communities with emergency management activities. Emergency management starts with an inventory of risks and an assessment of the exposure form these risks. Infrastructure issues will likely be seen as the ones that present the most risk. The key steps in emergency management are:

Mitigation
Mitigation is defined as action that are taken to reduce or eliminate loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. Mitigation involves such activities as avoiding construction in high-risk areas such as floodplains, engineering buildings to withstand wind and earthquakes, and more.

Preparedness
Preparedness is simply preparing for an emergency before it occurs. It is the continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating, and taking corrective action in an effort to ensure effective coordination during incident response. Government agencies at all levels have an obligation to prepare themselves and the public for emergencies. Community groups, service providers, businesses, civic and volunteer groups, are all partners in this effort.

Response
Response includes the action of responding to an emergency. First Response to a disaster is the job of local government's emergency services with help from nearby municipalities, the state and volunteer agencies. In a catastrophic disaster, and if the governor requests, federal resources can be mobilized through theU.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for search and rescue, electrical power, food, water, shelter and other basic human needs.

Recovery
Recovery is the process of returning to normal following a disaster. Infrastructure repair, clean up, resumption of business are typical recovery tasks.

NRPC staff participates in the Public Safety District Leadership working group, VAPDA E-Committee, Vermont State Police Citizens Advisory Board, State Citizens Corps Advisory Committee, the State Emergency Response Commission and the Citizen Corps Councils of Franklin and Grand Isle Counties to help coordinate state, county and regional emergency planning initiatives. Staff provides supplemental support to the State Emergency Operations Center.

NRPC continues to provide administrative and staff support to Franklin County’s Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC 4). Achievements in FY 08 include development of the 3 year Training and Exercise Plan, participation in and coordination of Incident Command System/National Incident Management system workshops, assisting communities with development of new Emergency Operations Plans, assisting VEM in planning for Commodity Points of Distribution, and continued identification of training and preparedness issues across the county. NRPC worked closely with LEPC 4’s Citizen Corps Council in providing oversight and staff support to the Franklin County Community Emergency Response Team, Neighborhood Watch and Volunteers in Police Service. NRPC continues to provide technical and administrative assistance to LEPC #13, (Grand Isle County) and the Grand Isle County Mutual Aid Association in achieving compliance with state and federal strategies. NRPC continues to assist communities in developing and adopting FEMA compliant Hazard Mitigation Plans.

For more information on Emergency Planning, please contact Shaun Coleman, 802-524-5958, scoleman@nrpcvt.com.