BOSTON, Mass. -- Members from the 12 New England Project Impact communities recently gathered in scenic Stowe, Vermont for the first New England Project Impact mentoring retreat to share resources, ideas and mitigation strategies.
FEMA Deputy Chief of staff George Haddow encouraged participants to replicate the disaster resistant initiative throughout New England, citing the success of Project Impact nationwide.
The retreat hosted by the Lamoille County Planning Commission and the Vermont Office of Emergency Management was attended by fire chiefs, emergency managers, banking officials, and congressional staff. During the two and a half days participants discussed key issues, challenges, opportunities, lessons learned and developed a list of recommended actions.
- hold state PI workshops,
- hire full-time PI coordinators,
- develop a PI resource guide,
- develop incentives for business and private partners,
- simplify National Environmental Policy Act,
- improve flood insurance rating map,
- increase in the field training,
- address compensatory storage issue, and
- develop strategy and goal for enacting state legislation.