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Vermont 211's Role in Disasters

Citizen Assistance Registry in case of an Emergency (CARE)

For Vermonters who may need special assistance in an emergency or evacuation, please print and fill out the form below to register with E-911 and return to Vermont 211. The information is for use by emergency responders during an emergency event. The registry exists in the E-911 Database. This is NOT a public portal.

Registration Form

DISASTER PHASES

DURING FIRST RESPONSE

This is the period immediately following a disaster; it could last up to 72 hours. Generally, there is a very limited role for Vermont 211 as most calls should go to 9-1-1. Municipality, police, fire and rescue organizations are providing services. 211 will be most valuable for rumor control and fielding non-911 calls.

RELIEF

During this period of time, communities become hungry for information. Generally, it lasts up to 3 months. An assessment is done to see if the needs of communities can be met by municipalities, American Red Cross, etc. If the impact is great, there will be a request [by the Governor] for a federal declaration. If a federal declaration occurs, national groups will join the community in its relief and recovery efforts. Vermont 211 can offer information to the public about relief services, such as shelter and food.

RECOVERY

The period of time that communities are on the road back to normalcy. The movement from dependency on national and emergency resources to community-based resources occurs during this period of time. This period can last between 6 months to 2 years. Few, if any, national organizations remain active in the long-term recovery process.

LONG-TERM INFORMATION AND REFERRAL RECOVERY SERVICES

PRIMARY CONTRIBUTIONS

  • Manage and track available resources and requests for resources.

  • Provide comfort and assurance for people who need a place to call.

  • Help mobilize and track offers of volunteers and donations.

  • Information for coordination of services – who is providing what, when, and for whom.

  • Rumor/information control

  • Media contact – advertise the 211 number as the easy to remember number for comprehensive information about the community’s response to the disaster.

  • Evacuation/traffic issues

  • Travelers’ aid – for people stranded in the community.

  • Identify gaps in services and help direct resources to high priority places.

  • Record and track damage as reported by the public.

  • Money management resources – understand the available federal funding streams – screen and refer callers appropriately.

  • Burial assistance – coordinate organizations that can assist in payment/delivery of services.

TELEPHONE REASSURANCE IS AN ESSENTIAL ROLE FOR 211 IN ALL PHASES OF AN EMERGENCY

  • Vermont 211 has demonstrated the significant contribution it can make during an emergency (COVID-19, Tropical Storm Irene, PFOA, Train Derailments, H1N1, School Lockdown)

  • Vermont 211 continues to clarify the roles it plays during an emergency and to build relationships in advance to enable maximum performance.

  • Vermont 211 is prepared for optimum operation during an emergency through advance preparation, flexibility, and preparedness drills to respond to sustained spikes in call volume and rapidly changing information that is hard to collect but which must be managed and disseminated.