This section provides general information about disaster preparedness and relief, including information about the FEMA application process for presidentially declared disasters. Click the links on the left for more information, or see below for additional resources.
For immediate assistance, call 211. If you have had a hard time getting through to 211, please try again. More lines have been added to help.
If you are facing legal issues because of a natural disaster, call Vermont Legal Aid at 1-800-889-2047 for free advice. If you qualify for help, you will be matched with Vermont lawyers volunteering their time. Help can include dealing with insurance claims, home repair contracts, replacement of wills and other documents destroyed in the disaster, and counseling on mortgage foreclosure problems or landlord/tenant issues.
Here are some basic resources that may help in the event of a natural disaster:
- www.Ready.gov - The Federal Government's disaster preparedness website, with information and suggestions on how to prepare for a Hurricane and other natural disasters
- Vermont Emergency Management website and the VEM preparedness page
- www.Vermont211.org - or call 2-1-1
- Information about Road Closures
- Information about Power Outages
- VBA Disaster Assistance Manual for volunteer lawyers
- Green Mountain United Way blog about Disaster Relief Resources
- If you are unemployed because of a natural disaster, read the Department of Labor's Disaster Unemployment Assistance page
For more information about disaster assistance, you can also view this video: