Wednesday, September 14, 2011


News to Know follow-up

**** PLEASE NOTE **** (how closely do you read these emails?!)
There is some concern that since I made mention of a meeting on Friday, folks may have the wrong idea. Just to clarify the intent of the 5pm meeting is to have a small group of folks get together regarding fund raising and to develop a plan of action to assist the local folks affected by the flooding. If you think you have something to contribute toward this effort - your help would be appreciated. This is NOT meant to be a large public forum. Also of note: I'm told the town is sending out a letter to the folks in the Route 12 corridor to better understand damages and needs. If you live (or somebody you know) lives in another part of town and sustained damages, please let the town know.

While I have your attention: if you were paying close attention to my last email, the place that I am hoping to see LOTS of folks is the Chappelle potato field on Sept 25th!

and of course there is more news to share... seems like I just hit send and several more things come to my attention

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In additional to the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) located at the Barre Aud. there is also one located at the Northfield Library (Community Room), 93 South Main Street, Northfield, VT 05663. Folks are welcome to visit the one more convenient to them.
The recovery centers are staffed with disaster recovery specialists from various federal, state and local agencies and organizations who can answer questions about disaster assistance programs. The FEMA’s individual assistance program covers expenses for temporary housing, home repairs, replacement of damaged personal property and other disaster-related needs, such as medical, dental or transportation costs not covered by insurance or other programs. Applicants who would like to speak to disaster specialists face-to-face can visit a center between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. FEMA 800-621-3362

Flood Photos Online: Helicopter operator Mansfield Heiliflight of Milton, Vt has posted an online gallery documenting flooding across Vermont (link at top of page) Many aerial photos.
Health & Safety

VT Public Health Dept website has lots of information. Topics include: drinking water safety and free test kits, food safety and flood affected crops, safety during clean-up, detailed guide for home clean-up, N95 masks and gloves at district offices and good general information

Check the Vermont Department of Health’s facebook page for the most recent health alerts.

Keep your kids away from flood damaged areas / kids should not be part of clean up efforts

Dr. Lewis First from Vermont Children's Hospital on Channel 5 4 minutes long with lots of great tips
Adults wear proper safety equipment including: respirator masks, safety goggles, long sleeves, long shirts, work gloves, work boots, shoe covers and take them all off before you go into your home. Be sure to shower off and wash your hands!

If you're in need of housing or have housing available:


The Donation "Store" is Open on Rt. 100 in Waterbury Center!
The Distribution Center for donated items collected by Clyde Whittemore Little League volunteers is open MONDAY and WEDNESDAYS, 9am-noon and 5:30pm-7:30pm, SATURDAYS 9am-noon. Come browse the amzing collection of clothing, shoes, outerwear for men, women and children. Also, toys, linens, bedding, dishes, electronics and more. ALL items are free to anyone affected by the floods in Vermont. All are welcome to "shop" to replace the things they have lost. Bring a list so volunteers can help find what you need. They also can deliver.
location: 2802 Waterbury-Stowe Road (formerly Hillside Florist), the red building across from the Sunoco Station on Rt. 100.
Want to help? Each shift needs 3-5 volunteers for the coming weeks. Contact Lara Lonon, 244-8708 or . PLEASE NOTE: No further donations can be accepted at this time.
Free Legal Help: The VT Bar Association, VT Legal Aid, Legal Services Law Line of VT and the VT Volunteer Lawyers Project have volunteer lawyers willing to help those affected by Tropical Storm Irene. If you have a legal question or problems call 10800-889-2047. Through this intake number, a client may be connected with a Legal Aid attorney; receive legal advice from a Law Line attorney by phone; or be assigned an attorney through the Volunteer Lawyer Project. Also, visit Vermont Legal Aid's webpage with answers to frequently asked questions for flooding victims at

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal (HHW) with dates and locations

Efforts are in place to remove flood waste from your home.
Residents that have been impacted by flooding caused by hurricane Irene need to separate their household hazardous waste (HHW). Improper disposal of HHW can pose a threat to human health and/or the environment. Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients are considered to be HHW.
Some HHW that cannot be disposed of in normal rubbish containers:
· Products, such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients.
· Car batteries & Rechargeable Batteries
· Hazardous Waste
· Mercury products – fluorescent bulbs, thermostats, thermometers
· Oil, Brake Cleaner, other toxic car products
· Oil Based Pain, Stain, Varnish, Paint Thinner/Stripper
· Propane cylinders, other gas cylinders
· Tires

Local transfer stations near you are working in coordination with EPA to collect HHW.
Central Vermont Solid Waste District is holding an HHW collection event this Saturday 9/17 for district members (Berlin is in the district). They should contact Central VT SWMD at 229-9383 or visit their web site.
September 24 / 9am- 1pm Hazardous Waste Collection / Montpelier Dept of Labor Lot
Northfield is part of the Mad River Alliance, which is hold a HHW collection event soon, I think on Oct 1. They should contact John Malter at 244-7373.

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