The Northwest Regional Planning Commission (NWRPC) will host a Project Impact Signing Ceremony in St. Albans, Vermont as a formal commitment to making their communities disaster resistant. The Commission includes the 23 Towns in Franklin and Grand Isle Counties. The Region is characterized by its rural agriculture, mountains, and relationship to Lake Champlain, which some consider to be the "6th Great Lake". The Region is subject to a variety of natural hazards including flooding from the Missisquoi River and other smaller streams.
The Northwest Regional Planning Commission is the third Project Impact partner in the state of Vermont and no stranger to severe flooding events dating back to the "Great Flood of 1927". The NWRPC has used a grass roots approach to spread the mitigation message throughout its 23 towns. The Commission has completed an acquisition project of flood damages properties in Montgomery, and a hazard mitigation plan, which will focus on risk assessment.
FEMA Director James Lee Witt joined the Northwest Regional Planning Commission Vermont Emergency Management Agency, local officials, community leaders and business partners at the Signing Ceremony which was held at the Bellows Free Academy St. Albans, Vermont.