The Department (DHCD) uses a variety of methods to include Vermont citizens in developing the five-year Consolidated Plan Strategic Plan and annual Action Plans to ensure that all Vermonters have an opportunity to participate in planning how the State spends its housing and community development resources. These are guided by the Department's Citizen Participation Plan which outlines the steps the Department takes when developing or making a substantial amendment to the Consolidated Plan.
Based on the needs identified in the five partner communities, the VERI team developed '101' guidance, checklists and more advanced tools that communities and businesses can use to weather the next storm.
The VERI report describes the data gathering, the community ranking process, the community engagement, the review of policies and steps to identify project recommendations. This information is useful to any region or community working to reduce its flood risks and protect its businesses and economy from future floods.
Working with local, regional and state-wide organizations, ACCD has developed an online form to ensure consistent and collaborative collection of damages to businesses, agriculture, historic and cultural resources in the event of a major regional or state-wide event.
If you are viewing this page, there is no disaster pending. However, now is the time to prepare to ensure that all is ready in case of an emergency.
One lesson learned after Tropical Storm Irene was that the State and our partners in disaster response and recovery needed a consistent way to assess damage and impact to businesses, farms and cultural and historic resources and a centralized location for the information. Such a system would allow for a more collaborative and strategic response and the ability to communicate with those impacted as new assistance programs became available. It would allow us to pinpoint the types of assistance that was needed and ensure that all those impacted were offered support.