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July 6, 2017

VEM: VT Requests Federal Damage Assessment

Vermont Department of Public Safety

Division of Emergency Management

July 6, 2017

1:00 p.m.


Contact: Mark Bosma, VT DEMHS, 802-839-6717


State requests formal damage assessment from FEMA


WATERBURY – Vermont Emergency Management (VEM) Director Erica Bornemann today asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct a preliminary damage assessment (PDA) in five Vermont counties impacted by severe storms from June 29-July 2.  More than $2-million in damage to public infrastructure has been verified by the state, and the cost of still more damage is yet to be officially tallied.


The state is asking for the assessment to determine if towns within Addison, Caledonia, Orange, Rutland, and Windsor counties qualify for federal assistance to help cover the costs of cleanup and repairs from the storm.  FEMA needs to verify Vermont’s estimates as a first step to determine if the state qualifies for aid.


To qualify for a Public Assistance (PA) disaster declaration under the Federal Stafford Act Vermont must show at least $1-million in eligible costs; individual counties must also meet separate thresholds of $3.61 per capita to qualify.  Should the indicator thresholds be met, Gov. Phil Scott would forward a formal request for a declaration to FEMA, which would then determine whether to recommend that President Donald Trump sign the declaration.


Under a PA disaster declaration, communities would be eligible for 75% reimbursement for response and recovery costs.  Those costs include repairs to local roads, public buildings, other municipal assets, and certain costs related to response.



Mark Bosma

Public Information Officer

Vermont Emergency Management

(802) 839-6717