This page contains information regarding the July 2023 flooding.
- If your farm has sustained damage, report your losses to the Farm Service Agency. You can email email@example.com or call 802-828-5667.
- There are also multiple funds that you can apply to now. Farmers can request up to $5,000 in grants from the Farmer Emergency Fund and can apply for up to $10,000 in emergency loans from the Vermont Farm Fund.
- Support for farmers: connect with technical, legal, or financial assistance or to a counselor or trained peer; Home | FarmFirst
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The Northeast Organic Farming Association Chapters of Vermont and New Hampshire are gathering data from farmers affected by the flood and are collecting donations to assist them farmers
Report Storm Effects on Your Farm – Please Fill Out These Forms!
Vermont Farm Fund Emergency Loans
Qualifying applicants must be Vermont farmers or food producers who have suffered a devastating loss due to an unexpected natural disaster that puts their farm or farming career in danger. Applications are reviewed and responded to within 10 business days. Most loan funds are granted within 14 business days.
Businesses should be in otherwise good financial health, save for the unexpected natural disaster. The loan should help put the business back on track to profitability. Apply here.
Vermont: Farm First Mental Health Support
Farm First has five dedicated farmer peers available to talk to any farmers this week. Farmers can access their resource coordinator, counselor, or peers by contacting:
- (802) 318-5538 during daytime work hours (8:00 AM-4:30 PM M-F)
- (877) 493-6216 outside of daytime work hours
- Email: Eva Griffin at EvaG@farmfirst.org
Roads and Alerts
Remember: DO NOT TAKE ANY CHANCES. Stay away from rivers and flooded areas. Keep yourself and your family safe by staying well clear of damaged and flooded areas. There are countless road washouts around the state, please respect all detours and never drive across a flooded road. Any individual reporting a life-threatening situation should dial 9-1-1.
- For a list of state road closures visit: https://newengland511.org/
- Track river forecasts and levels here: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=btv
- Register for Vermont Alerts at www.vtalert.gov to receive up-to-the-minute safety warnings.
- Check the National Weather Service for weather updates.
- Please see here for additional alerts and sources of information, including language translations, additional best practices, and more: https://www.sanders.senate.gov/bernie-buzz/please-read-emergency-flooding-resources/
Flood safety tips from Vermont Emergency Management
- If rising water is approaching, leave.
- Evacuate over high ground and plan a route any time there may be flooding.
- Never drive or walk through floodwaters. Strong currents or unseen washouts can sweep you and your car away.
- Turn off the circuit breaker in your home before you evacuate, if you can do so safely.
- Have a licensed electrician inspect your electrical system before you reoccupy your home if it has been flooded.
- If you are in a flood-prone area, or if you believe your home will be flooded, it is advisable to move valuables from your basement in case water enters your home.
- Check your insurance coverage now, and then contact your insurance company if you have damage.
How to Stay Safe During a Flood
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- Upper Valley Strong is collecting donations for long-term recovery help throughout the Upper Valley, with the Upper Valley Haven as the fiscal sponsoring collecting donations on Upper Valley Strong’s behalf. Donate here
- The Red Cross is collecting donations to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from the recent Vermont floods. Donate here.
- Barre Community Fund has been set up by the Barre Area Development, Inc., a 501c3, is managing the Barre Community Fund and will ensure that 100% of the tax-deductible funds raised will be directly allocated to those most in need in the Barre community.
- Vermont Main Street Flood Recovery Fund – aimed at supporting Vermont’s small businesses.
- The NOFA Farmer Emergency Fund and the Vermont Farm Fund will help support farmers across the state. When donating to NOFA, be sure to select “farmer emergency fund” under “campaign.”
- The Greensboro Association’s Community Relief Fund is collecting donations to support recovery in Greensboro and surrounding areas.
- The Intervale Recovery Fund will help support farmers at the Intervale. Select “intervale recovery campaign” under “how should this donation be directed.”
- The VT Response and Recovery Fund 2023 has been set up by the Vermont Community Loan fund to fund nonprofits and state and community groups in (1) Immediate Response and Relief, (2) Building Back Communities, and (3): Watershed Resilience. It is contributing to the efforts listed above. See the full list of the first round of money distribution here.