‘Montpelier, VT’ Headline Archives
On Feb. 14, 2014, a meeting was held at the Vermont History Center in Barre to update staff of various cultural organizations and Vermont Emergency Management on the state’s new Emergency Operation Plan, and specifically, SSF-11. It was the first time many members of the group had met since the aftermath of Hurricane Irene in 2011, and some people were new to their positions. The group plans to meet at least twice a year, with one of those meetings focusing on some type of training.
On March 19, 2014, Jackie Calder and Laura Brill from the Vermont Historical Society attended the FEMA Region I NCH (Natural and Cultural Resources and Historic Properties) Alliance meeting in Portsmouth, NH. Representatives from COSTEP MA also attended.
Following Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011, VCHART acted as an information gathering and sharing resource and worked with the Vermont Preservation Trust, Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, Vermont State Archives and Public Records, Vermont Historical Society, Vermont Department of Libraries, and Vermont Emergency Management, as well as fed information to AIC-CERT, the rapid response team for the American Institute for Conservation. An AIC-CERT member along with State Librarian Martha Reid visited the compromised West Hartford library, carried out a damage assessment, and offered helpful suggestions for salvage methods. Ann Cousins from the Preservation Trust of Vermont also visited numerous communities to help assess damage to historic buildings.
Preliminary reports from cultural institutions indicated that there had been some damage but conditions were such that local volunteers and staff were able to address the situations. A notable exception was the State complex in Waterbury, which was hit hard. Staff from the State Archives and Public Records Division worked on salvage efforts there as well as monitored the conditions of municipal offices around the state.
If staff, volunteers, or members of the public knew of an affected cultural institution or one that needed information on salvage methods, they were encouraged to contact Jackie Calder, VHS Curator and VCHART coordinator, at 802-479-8514 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lisa Evans, VHS League of Local Historical Societies and Museum Program Coordinator at 802-8522 or email@example.com.
The Vermont Alliance for Response team held a wet salvage “refresher” course in May of 2010, to prepare for the possibility of water damage.