Sep 092013

Local Emergency Planning Committee #12 is dedicated to serving the responders of its 30 member towns in east-central Vermont through planning and preparation activities for incidents of all kinds, and to helping educate the citizens of the region with safety information and tips on emergency preparedness.

The LEPC is not a response agency and does not replace any local response agency, but rather is meant to help in local and regional emergency planning so that plans are coordinated and exercised. The LEPC also helps to facilitate training and serves as a clearinghouse for emergency information. LEPC bimonthly meetings serve as useful venues for sharing information, increasing networking among responders, and providing educational programs.

Be safe.

Jan 142019

The Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force is pleased to announce the 22nd year of funding for towns to
improve fire suppression capabilities. The goals of the program are to:• Save lives, by reducing response time and improving both public and firefighter safety.
• Enable firefighters to have quicker, easier, and safer year-round drafting capability.
• Reduce risks to property and natural resources, both public and private.
• Lower insurance premiums, both public and private.

• The maximum grant award is $5,000 per project/system. 25% local match is required.
• The installation of new dry hydrants & other types of rural water supplies is still the priority of the
program, but eligible projects also include repair/upgrade, replacement, relocation of existing
rural water supplies, and new in 2019 is “drafting site” development, whether previously grant
funded or not.
• We have application deadlines of February 1st, April 1st, June 1st, and August 1st, 2019. Please
submit your application(s) by the appropriate deadline and it will be processed in the order it was
• We no longer mail unsolicited application packets to Fire Departments and Towns. Please visit and download the application packet or contact Troy
Dare, Program Manager, at 802-828-4582 – to have an application packet
mailed to you.


Full grant information here:

Nov 072018

Three new open application periods for hazard mitigation/flood resilience projects through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant programs.


  • HMGP: There will be roughly $725,000 (545,000 federal share) available for eligible projects/plans under FEMA Disaster DR4356.
    • State agencies, municipalities and private non-profit organizations are eligible applicants.
    • Application deadline to VEM is 10/26/18
  • PDM: Vermont will receive a $767,000 (575,000 federal share) set-aside for eligible projects/plans under PDM, in addition to the chance to apply for up to 15% (or $37,380,000) of the PDM funding allocation for competitive projects.
    • FEMA is prioritizing Advance Assistance funding under PDM, which can be used to “obtain data to prioritize, select and develop community mitigation projects for future flooding.” This is a rare opportunity for communities to access critical, project development/engineering design funds prior to project development. $200,000 is available under this pot of funding.
    • Maximum budget per subapplicant is $4 million
    • PDM 2018 Fact Sheet
    • State agencies and municipalities are eligible subapplicants
    • Application period opens 10/1/18 and closes in early January (date TBD)
  • FMA: $160 million has been obligated to FMA for FY17, with a prioritization of $70 million on community flood mitigation projects. Vermont is eligible for up to $10 million.
    • State agencies and municipalities participating in the NFIP are eligible for this funding.
    • FMA 2018 Fact Sheet
    • FEMA has determined that Advance Assistance funding will be eligible under FMA, as well as PDM, to develop potential mitigation projects and acquire the data necessary to create eligible and robust applications in future rounds of funding. $100,000 is available under this pot of funding.
    • Application period opens 10/1/18 and closes in early January (date TBD)

More information on these grant programs, required forms, etc. can be found on the VEM Mitigation Funding page. Feel free to contact TRORC or VEM for more information and on how to apply.


Nov 072018

FEMA has announced the application periods for two of their grant programs:

  • FY 18 Fire Prevention & Safety (FP & S) application period is Monday, November 5 8:00am to Friday, December 7 at 5:00pm EST
  • FY18 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) application period is Monday, December 12 to Friday, January 18, 2019 5:00pm EST

For more information, application guidance materials, and updates, please visit

You may reach out to FEMA’s grant specialists:

Lance Harbour

(617) 956‐7544


Dave Parr

(617) 956‐7631

Oct 192017

The Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) received funding from the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) under the Hazardous Materials
Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grant to conduct a state-wide commodity flow study of hazardous materials and extremely hazardous substances transported over selected Interstate, State and U.S. Highways in Vermont. Commodity flow studies assist in response planning through providing a data-driven view as to the types and amounts of materials traveling over the highways.

You can view the report here: HMEP 2017 Vermont Commodity Flow Study

Staff Contact: 

Victoria Littlefield


Feb 152017

First Responder Community:

On behalf of Director Bornemann, I am pleased to announce that the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is now accepting applications for the federal fiscal year 2017 Homeland Security Grant Program. There are nine Requests for Proposals (RFP), outlining each of the funding opportunities available, attached to this email, as well as the application document to be completed. We will also be posting the RFPs and application on our website ( today, Tuesday, February 14th. A complete list of the available opportunities is below:

·         Communications Working Group – Equipment·         Communications Working Group – Lifeline Communications System Maintenance

·         Emergency Operations Center Equipment

·         Law Enforcement Working Group – Equipment

·         Law Enforcement Working Group – Vermont Intelligence Center Operations

·         Operation Stonegarden – Operational Details

·         Operation Stonegarden – Equipment

·         Special Operations Working Group – Equipment

·         Special Operations Working Group – Training

The completed applications are due on March 10th at 3 p.m. to Richard Deschamps via email (Richard.Deschamps@Vermont.Gov).

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions.

Thank you,



Jessica Stolz

Homeland Security Section Chief

Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security

45 State Drive

Waterbury, Vermont 05461

(o) (802) 241-5094

(c) (802) 595-1463

Dec 202016

A follow up of information from the presentation Emily Harris from DEMHS gave at the December 2016 meeting

Dec 062016

This document is meant to assist all types of Vermont town officials, boards, staff, volunteers and others, with considerations and resources related to flooding disasters.  The Flood Guide shares actions and steps to be taken by each role at each stage: from proactive and smart advance preparations, to advance preparations to do when a major storm is forecast, and on to actions to be taken during the storm, as well as during recovery.  This comprehensive guide is meant to be an active tool that is kept both electronically and in hard copy with your Local Emergency Operations Plan.  Numerous state and federal agencies had input into the creation of the Flood Guide.  Our goal is that towns will share this guide both internally and with their neighboring towns, to foster resiliency throughout Vermont.

View the document here: Vermont Municipal Flood Guide

Aug 022016

Department of Public Safety – Vermont State Police is seeking agencies willing to host a Traffic Incident Management course.

 Traffic Incident Management (TIMs) Training Announcement

Challenge:  Effective traffic incident clearance is an important means of improving safety and reducing congestion delays.  A national, multidisciplinary training curriculum is needed to help ensure a well-coordinated response to traffic incidents that achieves faster clearance and improved safety for both responders and motorists.

Solution: On training dates listed below, the Vermont Agency of Transportation and the Vermont State Police will be hosting an Incident Management Responder Training for road crews, law enforcement, firefighters, towing & wrecker operators, medical personnel and other emergency responders together to engage in various interactive, hands-on incident resolution exercises.

Course Duration: 4 Hours

Facility Accommodations:

  • Conference room to hold participants from 40-60
  • Easily accessible parking.

Course Start Time & End Time:

  • 6:00PM Registration
  • 6:30PM Start Time
  • 10:30PM End Time

To host a TIMS course, send in the following information to the :

  • Two available dates (anytime after August 1st, 2016). (There is flexibility on dates by request).
  • Time of which you are requesting. (There is flexibility on times by request).
  • Physical Address of host Facility.

We encourage all of our partners to attend sessions that are going to be scheduled. Please share this invitation with others in your agency or other partners who may be interested in hosting as well.

For further training opportunities check out the Vermont Training Calendar, .


Thank you,
Homeland Security Training Coordinator
SAA Point of Contact / State Training Officer
Department of Public Safety

Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671 – 1300

Office: (802) 241-5416
Fax: (802) 241-5615

Mar 212016

Rail Car Response Training

Location: Blue Mountain Union School in Wells River, VT on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 8:00AM – 5:00PM.

Further information on the course can be found on the RDPC website

To register please complete the registration form below, then email to and cc


The following NIMS ICS All Hazard Position Specific Courses is being offered at the Vermont Fire Academy in Pittsford on April 11-15, 2016. This course currently has 11 seats open. Registration is open until March 30, 2016.


L950 – Incident Commander

   April 11, 12, 13, 14, & 15, 2016

8:00AM – 4:30PM each day (40 Hours)

Vermont Fire Academy

672 Academy Road

Pittsford, VT 05763

~ Participants must attend all sessions of the course ~

Course Description: This course is designed to provide local and    state-level emergency responders with a robust understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of an effective IC on an All-Hazards Incident Management Team. These responsibilities fall into two categories:

1) responding to the incident and command needs of the incident, effectively fulfilling the position responsibilities of an Incident Commander on an All-Hazards ICS Incident Management Team.

2)  Exercises, simulations, discussions, and a final exam enable participants to process and apply their new knowledge.

Target Audience: NIMS ICS Position Specific training should be completed by personnel who are regularly assigned to functional, support, or unit leader positions on USFA or other Type III AHIMT, or by those persons who desire to seek credentials/certification in those positions. Attendance preference will be given to FEMA Region I states: All other applicants will go on a waiting list.

DEMHS Registration Process for NIMS ICS All Hazard Position Specific Course:

  • Applicants MUST MEET prerequisites at the time of REGISTRATION.
  • Late registrations accepted on a case-by-case  basis.
  • Applications must be submitted by 3:00PM on March 30, 2016.


  1. Complete & Submit the DEMHS All Hazards Position Specific Course Registration form.
  2. FEMA Registration 119 Form. Complete with the appropriate signatures, save and email to the Homeland Security Training Coordinator.
  3. Save and email all above documentation and additional documents to meet the prerequisite requirement.

***Prerequisites  for each of the below courses are ICS 100, ICS 200, ICS 300, ICS 400, IS 700 & IS 800.

  1. Course deadline is March 30, 2016.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns


Thank you,

Kimmie Cruickshank

Homeland Security Training Coordinator

SAA Point of Contact / State Training Officer

Department of Public Safety

Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security

45 State Drive

Waterbury, VT 05671 – 1300

Office: (802) 241-5416

Fax: (802) 241-5615


Mar 182016

The following courses are cancelled due to low enrollment.


  • HSEEP – 03/29/16 & 03/30/16 & 03/31/16 – 8:00AM – 5:00PM each day (Must attend all three days). Rutland Regional Medical Center, Rutland, VT. Instructors Brittany Marquette and Richard Cogliano. – 4 Registered.



  • MSEL – Master Scenario Events List – 04/26/16 & 04/27/16 – 8:00AM – 5:00PM. Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, Winooski, VT. Instructors Brittany Marquette and Richard Cogliano. – 2 Registered.