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Hazard Mitigation Plan

A Hazard Mitigation Plan is a proactive emergency plan which involves prevention, preparation, response, recovery and mitigation from disasters which affect the town’s population, safety, health, structural items, infrastructure, land and damage from invasive insects and plants. It contains emergency planning requirements set at the state and federal levels, as well as initiatives that towns voluntarily take to make themselves safer and more resilient to all hazards.

Typically, towns are assisted in updating the plan by their Regional Planning Commission. The Windham Regional Commission assists Brookline in understanding and participating in emergency planning activities. Similarly, Brookline’s Planning Commission assists in the process by virtue of formulating a Town Plan.

Upon completion, the plan is submitted to the Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) for review and modification. It is then forwarded to the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 1 (FEMA) for review. FEMA’s review ensures that the Hazard Mitigation Plan is in compliance with 44 CFR Part 201.6 (c) (2) of its FEMA mitigation planning process. Compliance enables Brookline to also participate in the National Flood Insurance Program.

See Hazard Committee Documents for Meetings, Surveys, and Mitigation Plans.