Governor Says Irene Made Vermont a Leader in Disaster Response

Aug 27, 2012

Governor Peter Shumlin says Vermont has become a national leader in how to respond to natural disasters and there's little he'd change about the state's handling of flooding after Hurricane Irene.

Shumlin tells The Associated Press that forming partnerships among state agencies, state and local governments and the private sector were keys to Vermont's success in recovering from the storm and the subsequent flooding.

He says the state has stepped up its efforts to make sure it has redundant computer networks. During the Aug. 28, 2011, storm, information technology workers in Waterbury were forced to save crucial systems.

One change Shumlin says he'd make on a personal level is taking better care of himself. He says he'll try to eat more regularly and get more sleep during the next disaster.

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