Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont announced today that it will contribute $150,000 to support relief activities for Vermonters who suffered losses as a result of flooding due to Hurricane Irene.
For thousands of Vermonters, without Lifeline they would be unable to have basic local telephone service. From September 12th – 18th, the Vermont Department of Public Service and the Public Service Board will join in the celebration of the nationally organized “Lifeline Awareness Week” and promote the Lifeline and Link-Up programs.
Centers are now open in Waterbury, Brattleboro, Barre, Bennington, Killington, Dover, Rutland and Woodstock.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported yesterday that 13.8% of Vermont residents are food insecure, according to a three year average.
“We have talked with many Vermonters who mistakenly believe they registered for federal assistance when they called 2-1-1,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Craig Gilbert, who leads FEMA’s mission in Vermont. “We want to make sure there is no confusion out there. We would hate to think there are people we can’t help because they haven’t registered.”
“If this unfathomable act of terror exposed the dark side of human nature, the response by Americans that day reminds us of the bright light of the human spirit.”
Sediment, mud and dust is usually not any more contaminated than the soil that was there before a storm – unless it’s near a source of contamination that was disrupted by flooding such as agricultural fertilizers, industrial chemicals or raw sewage. The Health Department advises Vermonters to stay away from contaminated areas that require professional cleanup.
This is only the beginning of aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help Vermont recover from the widespread destruction this historic storm inflicted.
Boys & Girls Clubs in Vermont sustained heavy flood damage resulting from Hurricane Irene. The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has pledged $50,000, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America has pledged $100,000, to help rebuild and repair Clubs in Brattleboro, Rutland, and White River Junction.
Scott: “As we move from short-term, emergency repairs to longer-term, more permanent solutions, it will be important to ensure that everyone is working together as efficiently as possible. I know that Neale will help us get there.”
Sanders Statement on Obama Jobs Plan WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement tonight after President Barack Obama a package of tax cuts and new spending designed to jumpstart the economy and create jobs: “With real unemployment at 16 percent and 25 million Americans without a full-time job, it is […]
Adding another dimension to its inspirational response to Irene, the State of Vermont today announced a multi-disciplinary task force charged with restoring tourism, and the vital economic activity it generates, during the state’s celebrated fall foliage season.