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Fall 2014 Deadline for Emergency Relief and Assistance Fund Reimbursement Formula

posted Jun 10, 2014, 11:24 AM by Lyn Munno
An important deadline is coming up related to flood mitigation and emergency funds, and watershed groups may want to help towns in their area meet the deadline. Effective October 23, 2014, Vermont’s Emergency Relief and Assistance Fund (ERAF) will refund more of a town’s emergency response costs if measures are in place that help reduce the severity of damage. These same measures help protect water quality by reducing erosion caused by roads and ditches. After a federally-declared disaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reimburses towns for 75% of eligible recovery costs. In the past, ERAF provided a 12.5% match to the federal funds and the town paid the remaining 12.5%. In the future, the state share will remain at 12.5% only if a town adopts four mitigation measures (participate in the national flood insurance program, adopt town road and bridge standards at least as good as the template provided by VTrans, file a local emergency operations plan with the state, and have a local hazard mitigation plan approved by FEMA). The state will pay 17.5% of costs if towns additionally adopt river corridor protection zoning or ordinances. This web page provides more information, with links to the latest town road and bridge standards in the “Orange Book” and a table indicating where each town is in the process (as of April, 2014). For more information, contact Milly Archer, Water Resources Coordinator, Vermont League of Cities and Towns.