Upper Valley Strong Hires Disaster Case Managers

As a result of the numerous requests for assistance from the recent flood event, Upper Valley Strong hired two new disaster case managers.  UV Strong wants to welcome these wonderful people and thank them for joining us in our disaster recovery efforts.

Matt Coates, Disaster Case Manager, Upper Valley Strong

 

Matt Coates is new to the disaster case management field and excited to help area residents address their flooded homes and properties as quickly as possible.   Matt, a recent college graduate and Peace Corps hopeful, will contact those who have requested assistance and help connect them to services.

 

 

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Lisa Morse, Disaster Case Manger with Upper Valley Strong

 

Lisa Gold Morse is another new UV Strong Disaster Case Manager, but no stranger to disaster case management.  Lisa, an occupational therapist in our region, conducted disaster case management in California after several earthquakes through the Department of Mental Health in Southern California.  Lisa also worked with FEMA through the San Bernardino county in California.

 

You can reach Matt and Lisa at (603) 676-7958 or leave a message for Upper Valley Strong. Please contact UV Strong if you have any unresolved issues related to flood damage from the recent flood event.

Flood Cases Continue to Rise

The number of flood related cases in our area continues to rise.  Disaster-related damages range from flooded basements, flood debris on properties, and by far the most numerous, damaged driveways.  Upper Valley Strong is reaching out to towns, municipalities, and numerous emergency managers to try to locate people whose homes, properties, and businesses have been impacted by the recent flooding.

Please let us know if you have flood-related damages to your home, property, or business.  UV Strong wants to connect you with assistance in recovering from the damages to get you back on your feet and on with your regular activities.

Flash Flooding Hits the Upper Valley Area

 

Intense rain hits Vermont and New Hampshire, resulting in flooding across the areas.  You can access help by filling out our “I Need Help” form and emailing it to us.  Someone from Upper Valley Strong will contact you as soon as possible.

In the meantime, stay tuned in to weather alerts on Google Public Alerts.

  • If your home has been damaged, take pictures to document the damage.
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
  • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 1 foot of water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground.
  • Do not leave the car and enter moving water

Rob Schultz Rejoins Upper Valley Strong Steering Committee

Rob Schultz, Upper Valley Area Director with Granite United Way, recently rejoined the Upper Valley Strong (UV Strong) Steering Committee.  Rob, formerly the Executive Director with COVER Home Repair, was an original Steering Committee Member with UV Strong since its origin in 2011, after Tropical Storm Irene.  Recently, Rob resigned from COVER Home Repair and stepped off UV Strong’s steering committee.  As Granite United Way’s Area Director, Rob oversees the fundraising and community impact work in the Upper Valley region.  The UV Strong Steering Committee is excited to welcome Rob Schultz back and look forward to working with him to maintain our regional disaster recovery resilience.

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DEMHS Invests in Regional Disaster Recovery Groups

The Vermont Department of Emergency Management Homeland Security (DEMHS) awarded a $21,000 grant to Anne Duncan Cooley and Anne Goodrich, both of Upper Valley Strong, to provide consulting services in support of regional disaster recovery groups.  Consulting services will support Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COADs).  COADs coordinate local, regional, and national resources to help people recover from the impacts of disasters more quickly and effectively.

Three Regions Receive Benefits of Grant

The project focuses on three regional groups ; Windham region, southern Windsor, and Chittenden region.  The Southern Windham COAD in the Windham Regional Planning Commission region formed in summer of 2016.  The Precision Valley Disaster Recovery Group, a former Long Term Disaster Recovery Group, formed during Tropical Storm Irene in the Southern Windsor Regional Planning Commission region.  The Chittenden Regional Planning Commission region will create their very first COAD.  Consulting services will promote COAD growth; websites, phone lines, training programs, resources, and networking with like-minded organizations.  Services with also promote networking with regional, state, and national emergency management organizations to help these groups become more informed and involved with municipal disaster recovery.

State Farm Grant Funds Volunteer Construction Coordinator Training

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Thanks to a grant from State Farm Insurance, Upper Valley Strong is currently recruiting Volunteer Construction Coordinators. These trained volunteers will work with our Construction Manager, volunteers, and Voluntary Agencies Active in Disasters (VOADs) to oversee and manage disaster recovery efforts in our region.  UV Strong will provide training for disaster site construction management, focusing on the distinction between disaster recovery and regular construction management.  This is an excellent opportunity for professional construction firms to assist area residents whose homes are impacted by disasters.

UV Strong is currently contacting area construction firms to determine their interest in this program. Please contact us if you (or some organization you know) have experience in construction management and are interested in this opportunity to help neighbors after disasters strike.

Click here to contact us and learn more about our training program.

UV Strong Welcomes New COVER Executive Director

Bill Neukomm

Upper Valley Strong bids a fond farewell to Rob Schultz, former Executive Director at COVER Home Repair. Rob was an early member of Upper Valley Strong’s Long Term Recovery Committee in 2011 and continued as an integral part of UV Strong’s Steering Committee. Thankfully, Bill Neukomm, COVER’s new Executive Director, has agreed to join the UV Strong Steering Committee.

Click on the link below to learn more about COVER’s leadership transition on the Daily UV.

First Days on the Job at COVER

Upper Valley Strong Now Offers Volunteer Safety Training

 

Interested in learning how to help people in our area in times of disaster?

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Thanks to a grant from Hypertherm’s HOPE Foundation, Upper Valley Strong provides training to local organizations and residents so they can conduct themselves safely and more effectively in times of disasters.

This training covers topics that every volunteer on a disaster site needs to know:

  • What does Disaster Recovery involve?
  • What can I expect to encounter at a disaster site?
  • What should I wear/bring with me when I volunteer?
  • What will Upper Valley Strong do in support of my volunteer effort?
  • How will I be notified in times of a disaster and where do I go to help?
  • What will I be expected to do as I volunteer?
  • How do I conduct myself safely at a disaster site?

All this, and many more topics, are covered in our 45 minute training course.  Click on this link to find out how you and your organization can be a part of local, sustainable assistance in times of disaster!

UVS Vermont Emergency Preparedness Conference Presentation Hits YouTube

Upper Valley Strong Presents at 2015 VT Emergency Preparedness Conference

Upper Valley Strong (UVS), in conjunction with Vermont 2-1-1, was invited to present “Why Vermont Needs COADs” at this year’s annual preparedness conference.  The presentation covered topics ranging from Response vs. Recovery, effective interaction between COADs and VOADs, and the current aligning of UVS and their regional planning commission (Two-Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission).

The presentation was well received.  Representatives from three regional planning commissions expressed interest in learning more about supporting the formation of COADs within their regions.

 

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