Planning Ahead: Resources to Support Emergency and Natural Disaster Plans

Whether a nonprofit or for profit business, planning ahead for an emergency or natural disaster is a necessary part of doing business. We have collected statewide resources to assist nonprofits in developing and updating your preparation efforts. Is something missing from this list? Please email and we will continue to keep this page updated.

United Ways of Vermont

United Ways of VT LogoEmergencies can take many forms, from natural disasters to human-caused events such as a major traffic accident that closes a road or takes out the power for hours at a time. For seniors or people with physical or mental disabilities, such events can become life-threatening if they are prolonged and no one is available to help.

The CARE Program (Community Assistance Registry for Emergencies), administered by the United Ways of Vermont, E-911 and VT 211, works to identify Vermont residents who would require special assistance in an emergency. We need the community’s help to identify who these people are.

If you, or someone you know, would need special help in an emergency, please complete the form located on the E 911 website at You can either print the form to complete it, or fill it in electronically and return to the address on the form.

Information will be entered into the E-911 system. All records are confidential and will only be shared with groups involved in helping to keep people safe in an emergency. Please note that records need to be updated each year. For more information on this program, contact MaryEllen Mendl at Vermont 211, (802) 861-0146, ext. 205

The Vermont Community Foundation: Disaster Recovery in Vermont

The Vermont Community Foundation helps coordinate philanthropic response after disasters. We created this website in 2011 as a resource for Tropical Storm Irene recovery, and we continue to provide updates on Irene recovery and information about other disasters.

Comprehensive List of Flood Resources

Read Grantee Stories

Mapping The Money: Foundation Reflects On Lessons Learned From Irene


Dept. of Public Safety: Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security


Business Continuity Planning (includes non-English translations)

Vermont Business Preparedness Workbook

Vermont Disaster Recovery Guide for Businesses

For hard copies of the Family Preparedness or Business Preparedness Workbooks call e-mail Mark Bosma or call  800-347-0488.


Vermont 2-1-1


Vermont 2-1-1 DatabaseVermont Council on Rural Development

The Vermont 2-1-1 database contains detailed descriptions of programs and services available to Vermonters that are provided by local community groups, social service and health-related agencies, government organizations, and others. We are constantly adding new resources to our database, but at last count it contained 950 agencies that provide nearly 10,000 services within almost 3,000 programs. Resource Specialists gather information by regularly attending community meetings throughout the state and contacting agencies directly to complete a formal update process at least annually.

Managing Volunteers During a Disaster: Will You Be Ready?


Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development


Incorporating the lessons learned from past flooding to make communities safer, reduce the cost of future damage and protect vital areas of economic activity.

Vermont Economic Resilience Initiative (VERI) The goal of the project is to help communities recover quickly from disasters, minimize interruptions to businesses and the local economy, and reduce flood recovery costs.

Flood Preparation Toolbox 

Flood Ready Vermont

Disaster Recovery Guide for Businesses

Flood Resilience Checklist for Vermont Municipalities

Floodproofing Case Studies


Vermont Health Department

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Resilient Vermont

The Resilient Vermont Network is a new collaboration of organizations and agencies in Vermont that are working to advance climate resilience. The Network is working to improve alignment, coordination, communication and strategic impact across a range of issues related to climate resilience.

The Roadmap to Resilience provided 23 recommendations about how to strengthen Vermont’s economic, environmental and social resilience.

Flood Ready Vermont

Disaster Recovery and Long-Term Resilience Planning in Vermont

Community Resilience Organizations

Resilience: A Report on the Health of Vermont’s Environment

Vermont Long-Term Disaster Recovery Group and Vermont Disaster Relief Fund

Vermont Council on Rural Development

vtcouncilonruraldevelopmentHelping Vermonters and Vermont communities develop their capacity to create a prosperous and sustainable future through coordination, collaboration, and the effective use of public and private resources.

Vermont Digital Economy Project VCRD had just 18 months to leverage a $1.8M federal disaster relief grant from the Economic Development Administration. The Vermont Digital Economy Project had an aggressive work plan to deliver eight different grant services in dozens of Vermont communities impacted by 2011 flooding. It was a unique project in that it bolstered virtual infrastructure, and not roads and bridges. Download a copy of our final report.

VCRD In Action – Programs and Initiatives Through 2015

Vermont Small Business Development Center

Surviving any disaster is complex. We have created a 72-page bound workbook containing all the steps needed post-disaster to create the most successful and sustainable outcome for Vermont’s businesses.

The VtSBDC Disaster Recovery Guide for Business contains all the steps you need to take, and all the information you need to gather post-disaster. It is in order of the tasks we found businesses needed to take post-Irene. It is filled with checklists; to do lists; and worksheets to help you keep all your information in one place.

The Guide can be self-directed. Advisors are poised to help you take the steps if you would like assistance.

To download a copy please click here for a pdf: VtSBDC Disaster Recovery Guide for Business

For a hard copy version of the Disaster Recovery Guide contact your Regional Business Advisor.

More Resources:

The Vermont Council on Rural Development Creating Your Nonprofit Continuity Plan in 5 Steps

Emergency Relief and Assistance Fund (ERAF)

Business Continuity Management Video

The Difference Between Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Video

Resilient Communities Scorecard

Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont

Smart Growth America’s Resilience Resources

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