Emergency Plans


Emergency plans come in a variety of forms and are for several levels of government. The Federal government operates under the National Response Plan and several other plans for specific types of incidents. Planning is an important step that can reduce the likelihood of disasters, increase the effective of response, and smooth the recovery after a disaster.

Some of the plans that you may find are:

Local Emergency Management Plan (LEMP)

LEMPs replace the former Local Emergency Operations Plan as the most basic town-based emergency plans. The LEMP is updated annually, adopted by the Selectboard, and put on file with Vermont Emergency Management and the Regional Planning Commission. The LEOP provides the top 3 people that would be best to contact in an emergency to determine the status of the town and their contact information. LEMPs also contains a basic list of emergency actions to take, lists of any shelters and vulnerable populations in town, mitigation actions, ICS and emergency declaration forms, a listing of town and private emergency resources, as well as a basic map of the town. A LEOP template is available for download below. Assistance with LEMPs is available from Tory Littlefield at the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission at vlittlefield@trorc.org. Officials interested in a copy must contact the town.

The LEMP template can be found here.

Vermont Municipal Flood Guide

Hazard Mitigation Plans

Hazard Mitigation Plans (HMPs) identify the likely hazards to a jurisdiction and propose actions to reduce anticipated damages. These plans have been done at town, regional and the state levels. Local HMPs can be found under each town at the Member Towns page. The Regional HMP is not online, but more information can be found on the TRORC web site. The Vermont HMP is not available online, but interested persons should contact Lauren Oates, State Hazard Mitigation Officer at lauren.oates@vermont.gov.

Continuity of Operations Plans (COOPs) and Disaster Recovery Plans

Continuity of Operations Plans (COOPs) and Disaster Recovery Plans typically focus on what will an agency or business do to get back on its feet after an incident. They include pre-disaster planning to preserve records, create emergency lists, set up backup facilities, and establish emergency chains of command. A COOP template is available for download below.

LocalCOOPannex-v4.doc – File Size: 68KB – Download File

State and Local Guide (SLG) 101 – Guide for All-Hazard Emergency Operations Planning

This State and Local Guide (SLG) provides emergency managers and other emergency services personnel with information on FEMA’s concept for developing risk-based, all-hazard emergency operations plans. This Guide clarifies the preparedness, response, and short-term recovery planning elements that warrant inclusion in State and local EOPs. It offers FEMA’s best judgment and recommendations on how to deal with the entire planning process–from forming a planning team to writing the plan. It also encourages emergency managers to address all of the hazards that threaten their jurisdiction in a single EOP instead of relying on stand-alone plans. Click on the link below to download the guide.

https://www.fema.gov/pdf/plan/slg101.pdf – File Size: 603KB – Open in New Window

Vermont School Crisis Guide – 2008

This guide lays out the basic tenets of emergency planning, guidelines for operational response including dealing with media and post-crisis counseling, and has basic generic checklist-type plans for over twenty emergency incident types. Assistance with school crisis planning may be available from the state or TRORC. For more information, contact Kevin Geiger at the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission at kgeiger@trorc.org.

VTSchoolCrisisGuide_04Feb09.pdf – File Size: 933KB – Download File

The link below addresses the Vermont School Crisis Planning Team and Frequently Asked Questions.

https://vem.vermont.gov/preparedness/school_crisis – Open in New Window

Individual and Family Preparedness Plans

Individual and Family Preparedness Plans – It is a good idea for everyone to have a basic emergency plan. A general plan that will help you and your family can be found in the link below.

Communication Plans

Below are communications plan forms. The ICS 205 is designed to deal solely with radio communications, while the 205a form is meant as a broader communications contact list.  The template file is our attempt at merging these documents into a form most likely to be useful at the local level.

ICS_205_CG.pdf – File Size: 135KB – Download File

ICS_205_a.pdf – File Size: 14KB – Download File

CommPlan Template.xls – File Size: 25KB – Download File

Child Care Emergency Response Plans

This Emergency Response Planning Guide serves as a planning tool for Vermont
Child Care Programs and is not intended to replace or interpret child care licensing
This Guide provides basic preparedness and planning information that can be
customized to fit the size of your program. As per child care licensing regulation, all
programs must have a written emergency response plan. Try not to make your plan so
complex that people (staff, parents, town officials, etc.) won’t be able to recall the
necessary steps when faced with an emergency situation.

Child Care Emergency Response Plan Template Sample

Child Care Emergency Response Plan Template

Emergency Response Planning Guide For Child Care Providers