“Irene and Beyond” summit will gather Irene recovery leaders to assess accomplishments, strategize for remaining work, and plan for the future

NEWS RELEASE
January 4, 2013

Contact:
Sue Minter, Irene Recovery Officer
802-828-3333

Approximately 100 set to meet Jan. 11 at Norwich University

MONTPELIER , Vt – The Irene Recovery Office, along with a host of participants in the long-term recovery effort from Tropical Storm Irene, has organized a daylong recovery summit for Friday, Jan. 11, at Norwich University.

“Irene & Beyond: Continuing Vermont’s Recovery, Shaping Our Future Resilience” will bring together representatives from many organizations and agencies working on disaster recovery for individuals and families affected by Tropical Storm Irene and other severe storms in 2011. Members of long-term recovery committees from affected regions of the state, emergency management planners, funders for recovery projects, case managers, construction coordinators and leaders of volunteer organizations assisting with recovery will gather to map out the work that remains to complete assistance for many Vermont households.

The daylong event will allow participants to share best practices and compare notes on the remaining recovery work while looking ahead at ways to preserve the recovery network for future disaster response needs. The general schedule for the day is:

· 9 a.m. Welcome. Panel discussion with representatives of recovery groups, agencies, etc.

· 10:45 a.m. Small-group sessions on work flow, communications, allocating resources.

· Noon-1:15 p.m. Lunch and keynote address.

· 1:15-2:30 p.m. Afternoon sessions on fundraising and overcoming compassion fatigue.

· 2:45-4 p.m. Closing session focusing on the home stretch of Irene recovery and devising ways for Vermont to be better prepared to recover from future disasters.

The news media are invited to attend.

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