Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Agencies Here to Help Vermonters

Rte 106 N Near Downer's Four Corners
Reporting Damages
Vermonters who have property affected by the storm should report it to the state. There are several phone lines in addition to the 211 number now in operation. Please note that it is critical to acquiring recovery aid that a statewide inventory of the damage is taken. Also, if repairs are made by a property owner, it is important to take pictures of the damage, document the repairs and keep receipts for potential assistance.
  • Individuals: Individuals reporting property damage should call 211.
  • Businesses: Businesses should call the Agency of Commerce and Community Development at (ACCD) at 828-3211 to report damage which will be collated for VEM and FEMA. ACCD will also make referrals for financing and technical assistance. The information needed when businesses make the call is: name of business, location (complete address), description of damage, point of contact, date damage occurred. There are additional questions for historic properties.
  • Farms: To report damages to property including but not limited to barns, milking parlors, crops, fields, equipment, etc., call:
Emergency Flood Assistance Program for Businesses
This program, administered by VEDA, is up and running. It will provide $10 million of very low interest, no first year payment, loans to businesses which suffered losses due to flooding. Interested businesses should go to VEDA’s website (http://www.veda.org/) for more information.
Rte 106 N, Black River Weathersfield VT
Storm Recovery Resources
Vermont Emergency Management Website: This site includes the latest updates and helpful information: http://vem.vermont.gov.


Rte 131 W Amsden Village VT
Vermont Emergency Management Facebook Page:
The most up to date information for VEM can be found on their Facebook page. If you “like” VEM on Facebook you will be given automatic updates on your Facebook homepage as their status changes. Includes great links to press releases and other information. Find it at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vermont-Emergency-Management/142566220102
Near Tarbell Hill RD Weathersfield VT

Returning to Your Home: For information on cleaning up your home after flooding, visit: http://vem.vermont.gov/home/return.

Fuel Tanks: If you find a fuel tank on your property or floating in flood waters, please contact the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association at 802-223-7750 or info@vermontfuel.com.

Vermont Travel Information Services: For the latest information on road closures, call 511 or visit: http://www.511vt.com/.
Rte 131 W Amsden Village VT
Ride Share: This site is designed for commuters to find car pools, but can be a valuable asset for individuals whose cars are damaged or destroyed: http://www.connectingcommuters.org/.
Upper Falls Bridge looking over the Black River

STAY SAFE, STAY STRONG!!
Clean up has begun...

Scenes Around Weathersfield VT in Irene's Aftermath

Videos taken Wednesday August 31, 2011
 North Springfield Dam from Satellite
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=51980&src=nha



Around Weathersfield Vermont


Rte 106 Washed Away



The Connecticut River parts 1, 2, 3










North Springfield Dam






Roaring Black River



Rte 131 Amsden VT parts 1, 2







The Salmond Covered Bridge parts 1, 2





Stoughton Pond, Weathersfield VT





Upper Falls Bridge parts 1, 2


Post Irene in VT-How you can help...

 SPREAD THE WORD!!!


After Irene: How You Can Help Vermont
DONATIONS
  • Text FOODNOW to 52000 to donate $10 to Vermont Foodbank. The Foodbank will turn each donation into $60 for families in need.
  • You can donate to the United Way's Vermont Disaster Relief Fund online, or buy sending a donation to your local United Way. Just make sure your donation is marked for the "Vermont Disaster Relief Fund".
  • You can also donate to the American Red Cross of Vermont and the New Hampshire Valley. The Red Cross set up shelters immediately after Irene hit for flooded-out families to stay in. (Note:  While all donations are appreciated, financial donations offer the Red Cross the greatest flexibility for response in this crisis.  Donations can be made at www.vermontredcross.org or by calling 800-660-9130.  For those who are interested in volunteering, they can contact their operations headquarters at 802-773-9159.)
  • The VT Irene Flood Relief Fund is raising money to help people and communities affected by flooding. 100% of all donations will be distributed to businesses and families. The fund is being administered by Todd K. Bailey.
  • Vermont Baseball Tours has set up the 8/28 Fund to raise money. Donations of $20 or more get you a cool t-shirt.
  • The MRV Community Fund has been reestablished to help Mad River Valley farmers who saw devastating crop losses due to the flooding.
  • Independent Vermont Clothing is selling a special "I'm With VT" t-shirt. All profits from sales of the shirt will go to relief efforts.
  • Across the lake, upstate New York got hit hard by Irene, too. Donations are being coordinated on the Irene Flood Drive Facebook page.
  • Burr and Burton Academy has started a fund to help relief efforts in the Manchester area.
  • The Preservation Trust of Vermont is taking donations to help rebuilding and cleanup efforts for the historic buildings and bridges damaged by Irene. Make a donation on their site and be sure to note "Hurricane Relief" in the Comments section.
  • The Intervale Center has started a fund to help the farmers at Burlington's Intervale who lost their crops to flooding. To make a contribution, donate to the Intervale and designate your donation to the "Intervale Center Farmers Recovery Fund." Or mail a check payable to Intervale Center Farmers Recovery Fund to the Intervale Center, 180 Intervale Road, Burlington, VT 05401.
VOLUNTEERING
  • VTResponse.com is working to connect volunteers ready to help with those that need assistance. If you want to help clean up and rebuild, let the folks behind this site know.
  • Montpelier Alive is coordinating volunteer efforts in that city through their Facebook page.
  • Volunteer and cleanup efforts are also being coordinated on Twitter via the #VTresponse hashtag.
  • The Vermont Flooding 2011 page on Facebook is functioning as a community bulletin board of sorts.
  • Vermont Helping Hands is also coordinating relief efforts via Facebook.
  • The Red Cross is in desperate need of blood donations. Stop by their donation center at 32 North Prospect Street in Burlington, or the Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Blood Donation Center at 125 Mascoma Street in Lebanon, NH.
  • Upper Valley Haven is operating with considerably fewer volunteers due to road closings. They're looking for volunteers who are able to travel there.
MORE RESOURCES



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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Irene Wallops Vermont

Irene may have wimped out in other areas of the US but Vermont was hit and hit hard.

Rte 44W Heading into Brownsville VT from Ascutney Mountain Resort


Rte 131W Amsden VT heading towards Downer's Four Corners
Below, you'll find organizations that are helping with the relief effort. Please consider giving whatever you can to help our friends, family and neighbors during this difficult time.
Whether you and your family need help or you are looking to help your fellow Vermonters, reach out to these organizations.

* Call 211 for information on your specific areas health and human services needs or information on how to receive assistance.
* Call 511 or  http://www.511vt.com/ for information about road closures and how the floods may have affected travel in your area.
* Check http://vtresponse.wordpress.com/ for updates on areas of Vermont that need help and the best ways to get involved.
* Donate to the Red Cross. While all donations are appreciated, financial donations offer the Red Cross the greatest flexibility for response in this crisis. Donations can be made at www.vermontredcross.org or by calling 800-660-9130. For those who are interested in volunteering, they can contact their operations headquarters at 802-773-9159.

Vermonters are tough and we will get through this together.

Vermont Road Closures:
From http://511.vermont.gov/main.jsf
Follow the lastest Flooding Info on Facebook:
Vermont Flooding 2011 when I signed on Sunday night there were 800 followers now there are almost 15,000!!