Vermont Emergency Management

Lake Champlain flooding May 2011
Vermont Governor's Office

Officials from Vermont Emergency Management, the Agency of Natural Resources and the National Weather Service are holding a series of forums this week on flood preparedness.  After Tropical Storm Irene tested the mettle of emergency preparedness managers and responders across the region almost five years ago, officials designed the annual series of meetings to help the state stay prepared.

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Vermonters are being warned to stay off the ice on the state's lakes and ponds.


Power companies across northern New England have struggled to restore power to rural locations since last weekend’s ice storm. Nearly a week after an ice storm coated parts of northern Vermont, some remain without power, and some areas that have been restored are experiencing spot outages.

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Governor Peter Shumlin has signed Vermont's new five-year emergency plan, molded by the state's experiences in responding to and recovering from 2011's Tropical Storm Irene.

Vermont Emergency Management officials say the federal government has approved the state's new hazard mitigation plan.

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With multiple drownings in fast-moving rivers in recent days, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is warning people to be extremely cautious about trying to beat the heat at their favorite swimming hole.

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The incessant rain is causing scores of problems in northern New York and Vermont - from flash flooding and road wash outs to train delays.  With two drownings in the past 72 hours, officials are reiterating their call for caution.

Newfane officials are planning to meet with representatives of Vermont Emergency Management and the Agency of Natural Resources to get advice before issuing contracts to replace two bridges that were destroyed by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.


Vermont and the North Country are preparing for another mega-storm 14 months after Tropical Storm Irene devastated the region.

Vermont Emergency Management is preparing the state for any possible damage from Hurricane Sandy and spokesman Mark Bosma says they’re advising residents to be prepared. 

Mark Bosma says it’s human nature to compare this storm to Irene.

The lessons of Irene are affecting how Vermont is preparing for this oncoming storm.