Vermont Business Magazine On November 8th Vermont Emergency Management, the Vermont Agency of Transportation, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other partners will begin verifying damage caused by rain and wind storms. Vermont officials have identified more than $4.5-million in public infrastructure damage resulting from the storm. The Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) will determine if the state qualifies for a federal Public Assistance disaster declaration. To qualify for a declaration FEMA must verify at least $1-million in public infrastructure damage and response costs, and individual counties must show $3.68 per capita to qualify. Those numbers include restoration costs for public utilities.
The request asks for assessments in Addison, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Washington, and Windham counties. All Vermont towns that incurred costs are encouraged to report those figures to Regional Planning Commissions to ensure counties qualify. Once a county threshold has been confirmed in a county, those verifying damages will move on to another county, so not all towns with damage will need to be visited.
Assessment teams will begin work Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. They move from location to location as work is completed, so exact times of where they are will be a moving target. The press can contact Mark Bosma at Vermont Emergency Management at 802-839-6717 or Diego Alvarado of FEMA at 617-956-7597 to arrange to meet up with assessment teams.
Source: WATERBURY, VT – Vermont Emergency Management. GMP photo.