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May 16, 2018

VEM Press Release - Federal Damage Assessment

Vermont Department of Public Safety

Vermont Emergency Management

May 16, 2018

12:00 p.m.

Contact: Mark Bosma, VEM, 802-839-6717

Preliminary Damage Assessment begins Thursday

Step toward requesting federal disaster declaration

WATERBURY, VT - On Thursday, May 17 Vermont Emergency Management, the Vermont Agency of Transportation, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other partners will begin verifying damage caused by severe storms on May 4. The Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) will determine if the state qualifies for a federal Public Assistance disaster declaration.

The assessments will take place at public utilities and in communities in Chittenden, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, and Washington counties. If more damage is identified by towns, additional counties could be added. The exact times and locations of assessments will be finalized Thursday morning, determined by the availability of local officials.

To qualify for a declaration Vermont must show at least $1-million in response and public infrastructure recovery costs. Individual counties must also show public infrastructure damages and recovery costs of $3.68 per capita, which includes restoration costs for public utilities.

Preliminary estimates by the state indicate Vermont will exceed the $1-million threshold. FEMA must verify the damage before the Governor can request a disaster declaration. FEMA reviews that request before forwarding with a recommendation to President Donald Trump, who would sign or deny the request.

The teams will meet at the VTrans District 5 office in Colchester Thursday morning to determine the schedule for the day. When locations and times for assessments are determined, Vermont Emergency Management will share them through the same channel you have received this. For more information, contact Vermont Emergency Management Public Information Officer Mark Bosma at<> or 802-839-6717.

Mark Bosma
Public Information Officer
Vermont Emergency Management

Vermont Department of Public Safety | Vermont State Police

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