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Vermont Emergency Resources

Combing through the alphabet soup of government agencies and programs can be difficult. Here we've put togther the "Who's Who" in Vermont disaster planning:

State Agencies and Departments

Department of Public Safety -

The Department of Public Safety assists with local and statewide disasters or emergencies, promotes crime detection and prevention, and participates in searches for lost and missing persons. The Department is split into four divisions:

  • Vermont State Police
  • Fire Safety
  • Criminal Justice Services
  • Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security - Vermont Emergency Management (VEM) is responsible for organizing the state's planning and preparedness activities and plans, and coordination of all local and state emergency or disaster responses.

    Vermont Emergency Management Programs:

    • Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) - organized by VEM, there are 13 within Vermont. The LEPC mission is to develop and maintain emergency and all-hazards plans through community involvement, and to provide information to the public on chemical releases.

      The LEPCs are advised by the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC). The Vermont Citizen Corps Council, within the SERC, is comprised of representatives from the Fire Service, Law Enforcement, Industry, Emergency Medical Services, American Red Cross and citizens.
    • Vermont Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) - formed by local Citizen Corps Councils. In partnership with the state and local public safety agencies CERT members are trained to be better prepared to take care of themselves, family, friends and neighbors in the event of a disaster until emergency responders arrive.
Department of Health -

The Department of Health provides essential public health and disease prevention services across Vermont through 12 district offices, working in partnership with local health care providers, voluntary agencies, schools, businesses and community organizations.

Department of Health Programs:

  • OnCall for Vermont - is the hub for health-focused volunteering, training and response in Vermont. This portal brings together the Vermont Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and Vermont Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in order to provide Vermonters with a simple and easy path to becoming a health response volunteer.
Agency of Transportation -

Vermont 5-1-1 - a travel information service providing current Vermont road and weather conditions and in times of adverse weather, statewide driving conditions.

Agency of Agriculture -
Agency of Natural Resources -

Other Agencies and Services in Vermont

National Agencies

  • - provides information on obtaining help from the U.S. Government before, during and after a disaster.
  • - features disaster-related datasets, tools, and updates on how to get involved
  • extensionExtension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) - links Extension educators from across the U.S., and offers resources from multi-state research and education programs for addressing and reducing disaster impact.
  • federal emergency management agencyFederal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - supports citizens and first responders to build and improve capability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies.
  • ready americaReady America - advice and education on preparing for and responding to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. This public service campaign aims to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation.
  • ready agReadyAG© - a set of disaster planning and operation continuity worksheets for production agriculture, developed as a multi-state collaborative project of Extension professionals.

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