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?


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.


Upper Valley Strong and VT Regional Planning Commissions

On May 7, 2015, Upper Valley Strong attended a meeting of the Executive Directors for the Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs) for the State of Vermont.  We discussed the importance of, and distinction between, Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COADs) and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOADs) in times of disaster.

Because several regions within the State of Vermont were unaffected by Tropical Storm Irene, some RPC Executive Directors were unfamiliar with the capacity of these organizations to positively affect individual long term recovery after disasters.

COADs are comprised of local organizations and individuals and are centrally located to the disaster.  These organizations know the local resources and neighborhoods, work directly with municipal, state, and federal agencies, and have a vested interest in the recovery of the impacted area.  VOADs are non-profits and faith-based groups that coordinate in disaster preparation, recovery and response and also work with state and federal emergency management.  Ideally, COADs work in conjunction with VOADs to provide management, coordination, and support to conduct the most efficient recovery from disasters.

Currently, Windham County, hard hit by recent flooding, are in the process of forming a COAD in coordination with their RPC Commissioner, Chris Campany.  We anticipate future discussions with those RPCs without COADs to assist in evaluating the formation and long term presence of such groups within all regions in the State of Vermont.

NH Emergency Preparedness Conference

11th Annual
NH Emergency Preparedness Conference
June 10, 2015
Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH

Highlights include
Over 30 educational sessions ~ Exhibitors
Time to network with over 800 of your colleagues
Complimentary registration includes access to all sessions and events,
a continental breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the day!

Registration is now open!
There is no fee to attend but pre-registration is required. Registration closes June 2nd.


Nonprofit Partnering For Natural Disasters And Community-Based Climate Resilience

Climate change may feel a long way off, but the Upper Valley is already experiencing more frequent and intense rainfall, snow, hurricanes, high winds, flooding, power outages, and impassable roads and bridges. For busy nonprofit leaders, it’s hard to make time to plan, especially if the risks are unknown and seem far off. But recent natural disasters have made us realize that it’s not just about whether our agency gets flooded. By building plans and relationships in advance, our agencies and our communities will be ready to make the best decisions when crisis comes.

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015 7:30-9:30 AM
Networking Breakfast 7:30-8:00 AM
Disaster Resiliency Presentation and Discussion 8:00-9:30 AM
Hosted at Hypertherm, 71 Heater Road, Lebanon, NH

Sponsored by the Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup, Hypertherm, & the NH Charitable Foundation

Lessons Learned from Irene:


Lebanon Storm Recovery Public Update

WHEN: This Monday, 9/23, from 6 pm till 7:30 pm

WHERE:  Courtyard Marriott, 10 Morgan Drive, Centerra, Lebanon.
From downtown Lebanon, take NH 120 north to the DHMC/Centerra intersection at the top of the hill.
Turn right into Centerra, and turn immediately right again onto Morgan Drive.
Take the 2nd driveway on your right into the Courtyard Marriott.

WHAT:  Public informational meeting to update residents on the latest recovery efforts in response to this summer’s heavy storms in Lebanon.
This “Community Conversation” will include opportunities to ask questions & offer comments.
Representatives from your City, local agencies, and state and federal government will be present.
Plans to reconstruct Slayton Hill Rd. will be a majoy topic.

IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND:  Please email your questions & comments to Paula Roux of the City Manager’s Office at <Paula.Roux@lebcity.com>.

MORE INFO, including a letter from City Manager Greg Lewis to residents affected by the storms:
Subscribe to LebAlerts for official City announcements as they happen, including public safety & public works updates:

Please feel free to pass along this post to your Lebanon friends & neighbors.

Lebanon Flooding-Here’s How to Help

This morning we start work with volunteer teams in the Slayton Hill neighborhood of Lebanon that was flooded earlier this week. We need volunteers for many tasks in the next few days, so if you are willing to help, please fill out our volunteer form at http://www.uvstrong.org/volunteer_sign_up/  Over the next few days we will be needing more skilled volunteers to help so if you are a construction professional and are willing to pitch in to help in whatever way you can, please contact us at uppervalleystrong@gmail.com.

We also need donations to purchase supplies such as buckets, brooms, work gloves etc. Donations can be sent to Upper Valley Strong c/o Upper Valley Housing Coalition, P.O. Box 17, Lebanon NH 03766.

If you need help, please fill out our household survey form at http://www.uvstrong.org/household_survey/

We will be posting updates on progress and current needs, so please check back frequently.

Many thanks to all who have volunteered to help! If you have questions please call 603 448-0272.

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