Through a variety of funding sources, including Vermont Emergency Management and the Department of Homeland Security, SWCRPC provides assistance to member towns in emergency management.  Activities include those key processes in emergency management:

  • Preparedness
  • Mitigation
  • Response
  • Recovery

The RPC is actively working with first responder organizations on Preparedness and Mitigation as those are most commonly related to planning activities.

Preparedness activities get towns ready for anticipated disaster events. We help towns to write basic emergency plans, apply for grants for equipment, request training from State and Federal sources and participate in exercises or drills designed to practice response activities and to test operational plans. Having well trained and equipped responders with good plans and plenty of practice is the best way for towns to prepare for those disasters that cannot be reasonably avoided. 

Mitigation involves actions that lessen the likelihood that a disaster will cause damage or reduce the severity of the damage. We help towns to mitigate the effects of disasters by encouraging disaster-resistant development that keeps homes and businesses out of harm’s way, such as avoiding floodplains. We also work with towns to ensure that their infrastructure, especially roads and drainage, will stand up to expected hazards such as heavy rainstorms.

Response includes those actions taken in responding to an event.  The RPC does not have a direct role in response actions; our role often includes ensuring that Vermont Emergency Management is aware of damages to towns.

Recovery begins as the immediate response winds down and activities return to normal.  The RPC helps towns by assisting in obtaining and managing federal grant aid and through creating mitigation projects to lessen the damage the next time.  Also included is transportation planning along with community development recovery.

SWCRPC staff provides administrative support to the Southern Windsor County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) 3 which includes all RPC member towns plus Hartland, VT.  The LEPC is active in bringing speakers and training opportunities into the region.  In 2009, the LEPC participated in a Commodities Points of Distribution (CPOD) exercise, table top exercises related to flooding and had presentations on topics such as Vermont Communications (VCOMM), VT Special Teams capabilities, Regional Information Sharing Systems and many others.  For additional information on LEPC 3, please visit their page at

This part of our website is designed to direct you to the proper places for help, give you access to the sources of information on specific types of hazards, and also to direct you to timely news about active or anticipated emergencies. For more assistance, please contact Allison Hopkins at or 802-674-9201.

Commonly Used Acronyms in Emergency Management

EOC – Emergency Operations Center
A center where key decision makers assemble to command and control resources to a critical incident

FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency
FEMA is now part of the Department of Homeland Security and provides support to first responders and citizens to ensure that the nation builds, sustains and improves capabilities to prepare, mitigate, respond   and recover from disasters

HSEEP – Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program
HSEEP is the Department of Homeland Security’s national exercise and evaluation program.  This programs ensures that common terminology and principles are applied to planning, conducting and evaluating disaster exercises.

ICS – Incident Command System
A command system structure used during emergency response whether large or small.  ICS ensures that common practices and language are used, especially when more than one response agency is involved

NIMS – National Incident Management System
A national standard developed by the Department of Homeland Security to be used across the country by response agencies involved in an emergency, ICS is a function of the National Incident Management System

TTX – Table Top Exercise
Discussion based exercise that tests emergency planning and collaboration between agencies

VCOMM – Vermont Communications
Vermont Communications is a group of local, state and federal agencies working to develop an interoperable radio communications system throughout Vermont