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November 3, 2016

VT DEMHS Release: Emergency Preparedness Conference November 4 & 5

Vermont Department of Public Safety

Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Press Release

November 3, 2016

10:00 a.m.



Mark Bosma, VT DEMHS: 800-347-0488 or 802-839-6717


Vermont Emergency Preparedness Conference: November 4 & 5 at Lake Morey Resort:

Communities, fire, police, hospitals, utilities, academics, and more converge to learn how to better serve Vermonters


WATERBURY, VT – More than 250 individuals involved in emergency response will unite at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee November 4 & 5 for the 9th annual Vermont Emergency Preparedness Conference.  The event is organized and hosted by the Vermont Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security (DEMHS).


Attendees will include those in traditional emergency response like Fire and Police, and many from industries and organizations that are not always associated with emergency response.  Hospitals, colleges, schools, electric utilities, ski areas, transportation companies, and others will send representatives as part of their continual emergency planning efforts.


“Emergency preparedness and response has several layers in Vermont,” DEMHS Director Christopher Herrick says.  “Private industry, schools, those in the tourism industry, and hospitals learn a lot here from firefighters, police, emergency planners here – and vice versa.  At the end of the day the true beneficiaries of this coordination are Vermonters.”


The main focus of the conference is education.  Breakout sessions offer instruction on a myriad of topics, from sheltering pets during a disaster, to cyber security, and a “disaster boot camp” for local officials in which they learn how to enhance their role before, during, and after a disaster.  There will be more than 50 educational sessions and demonstrations.


Practical demonstrations are designed to highlight state and federal resources that are available to communities during an emergency event.  Live demos include water rescue, scuba, K-9, unmanned aerial vehicles for damage assessment, search and rescue, National Guard resources, and others are planned.


The keynote speaker will be Vermont State Climatologist Lesley-Ann L. Dupigny-Giroux Ph. D. who will address how floods, droughts and severe weather impact Vermont's landscape and people.


The conference begins at 8 a.m. on Friday, November 4th and will conclude at 4 p.m. on Saturday.


For a detailed schedule visit the DEMHS conference website at



Mark Bosma

Public Information Officer

VT Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security

(802) 839-6717