- What is the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund?
- And what is the group's role?
- What kind of assistance can a flood victim receive?
- Who is eligible for assistance from the disaster relief fund?
- How do flood victims apply?
1. What is the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund.
Following the spring 2011 flooding the United Ways of Vermont, in cooperation with the executive board of the Vermont Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Vermont VOAD), and Vermont Emergency Management created the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund to be used specifically for long-term recovery. Following the flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011, Governor Peter Shumlin urged the creation of a non-profit corporation to oversee both the fund and to coordinate long-term recovery. That led to the formation of the Vermont Long-Term Disaster Recovery Group, Inc.
The Group is an independent non-profit 501 (c) 3 [tax id #: 45-3660551]
2. And what is the group's role?
The Vermont Long-Term Disaster Recovery Group raises money for — and allocates money from — the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. Perhaps more importantly the group's charge includes coordinating long term recovery efforts throughout the state, bringing together the efforts of local and regional disaster recovery groups and funds.
3. What kind of assistance can a flood victim receive?
The assistance can take many forms. It may be donated services, donated goods, volunteers, or money.
4. Who is eligible for assistance from the disaster relief fund?
Individuals or families with unmet needs in their recovery. Businesses are not eligible.
5. How do flood victims apply?
In the spirit of Vermont's local control, the entry level is through regional and local long-term recovery groups. Flood victims will be assigned a caseworker who will assess need and then advocate on the victim's behalf to fill unmet needs.