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Disaster recovery

Task force on Irene legal issues appointed

Tropical Storm Irene damaged or destroyed public records, changed the course of rivers and streams and sprouted an unexpected thicket of legal issues that will have to be solved by the Legislature.   

In an effort to identify some of those issues and propose solutions, Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell announced Tuesday that he has appointed the executive director of the Vermont Bar Association, Bob Paolini, to lead a task force that will have proposals ready for lawmakers when they return to Montpelier in January, the Associated Press reported yesterday.

SBA help for Vermont homeowners and renters with Irene storm damage


Storm recovery assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is not just for businesses. Vermont homeowners and renters recovering from damage from Tropical Storm Irene may also be eligible for significant SBA assistance in the form of grants and flexible low-interest loans.

State leaders share critical information and witness storm damage first-hand

Vermont’s legislative and housing program leaders toured the Irene-devastated neighborhoods of Waterbury yesterday and met with FEMA and SBA officials to examine progress and exchange information about the experiences of agencies trying to help.

Read more at VTDigger.org.

Protect yourself when hiring help with storm damage

The Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living warns Vermonters recovering from Tropical Storm Irene to be "Vermont Smart" and protect themselves against fraud when hiring contractors:

Not Everyone Really Wants to Help

FOLLOW THESE STEPS BEFORE YOU HIRE SOMEONE TO CLEAR OR REPAIR YOUR HOME OR PROPERTY

TV segment urges Vermonters to register with FEMA


Last  week (10/5), the Vermont Housing & Communities Show on CCTV Channel 17’s Live at 5:25 segment featured Jen Hollar of the Vermont DEHCD and was hosted by Mike McNamara of HUD's Vermont office.   They were joined by Deanna Frazier from FEMA and Carl Sherrill of the SBA.    The guests discussed actions taken to date by FEMA and the Irene Housing Task Force, short and long-term housing options, and where and how Vermonters can register for assistance. 

Types of assistance available for Vermonters with storm damage

Vermont residents should apply for assistance to help recover from damage inflicted by Tropical Storm Irene as soon as possible. Some types of assistance have fixed deadlines that are fast approaching while others will simply be available on a first come first serve basis.

1. FEMA

Deadline pushed to October 17th for FEMA infrastructure assistance

Yesterday, FEMA postponed the deadline for registering for infrastructure assistance to October 17th.  By this date, government agencies and certain private non-profit organizations needing funds to rebuild infrastructure damages caused by hurricane Irene must register with FEMA. 

October 1st registration deadline for FEMA infrastructure assistance

Government agencies and certain private non-profit organizations needing funds to rebuild infrastructure damages caused by hurricane Irene must register with FEMA no later than Oct. 1, 2011.   The deadline is extended to Oct. 17th for Grand Isle County.  

Mobile homes were among hardest hit by Tropical Storm Irene

Tropical Storm Irene wrecked havoc on many of Vermont's mobile homes and mobile home parks.   Since they are more affordable than most other types of owner occupied housing, mobile home residents are more likely to be lower income and to lack the resources to needed to repair or in some cases remove their homes. 

Seeking those in need of housing and available housing units

Hundreds of Vermonters are still without a permanent place to live after their homes were destroyed by flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene at the end of August.  Many of these individuals are currently in temporary housing – staying with friends and family, or in hotels with help from FEMA or the Red Cross.  These are only short term solutions and each of these Vermonters need a more permanent place to live. 

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