Emergency Management in Plainfield
The Emergency Management Director (EMD) is appointed by the Selectboard, and has responsibility for the organization, administration, and coordination of emergency management activities at the local level. Plainfield welcomes Carla Straight as Plainfield's Emergency Management Coordiniator, Carla brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, having served as Emergency Management Coordinatory for another Vermont town for over ten years and having provided evaluation of Emergency Management table-top exercises for the State of Vermont
Your involvement in an emergency management team for Plainfield would be great. Please contact Sasha Thayer, Plainfield's Emergency Management Director, or Carla Straight, Plainfield's Emergency Management Coordinator.
For updated news and information about COVID-19, please go to Plainfield's News from Emergency Management page and Covid Information page.
Sasha Thayer, Emergency Management Director, 802-454-1131
Carla Straight, Emergency Management Coordinator
Plainfield Emergency Management assists in providing public education about hazards and disaster preparation, as well as overseeing the local shelter, and setting up and running the town’s Emergency Operations Center in the Town Hall during emergencies. Plainfield’s Emergency Management Director is also responsible for preparing the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan and, each year, the Local Emergency Management Plan.
In addition to their roles fighting fires and providing emergency assistance until the rescue squad arrives, Plainfield’s Fire and Rescue Department is the heartbeat of addressing and responding to a myriad of emergencies that affect folks in Plainfield (including responding to downed trees, coordinating an evacuation if necessary, addressing hazmat spills, and the like).
Plainfield’s Emergency Management is supported by the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission and coordinates operations with Vermont Emergency Management. We also work together with the Select Board, first responders, Plainfield’s Hazard Mitigation Committee, Emergency Repair and Assistance crews, other shelter managers, the Health Center, local schools and organizations, Goddard College, and the Red Cross.
If you would like to be part of the team who addresses Emergency Management needs in Plainfield, please email the Emergency Management Director Sasha Thayer or give her a call at 802-454-1131.
Interested in how you and your family can be better prepared for emergencies? Click here for more information, provided by Vermont Emergency Management.
For more information on preparedness, please see the following resources:
Emergency Preparedness Assistance (from the VT Agency of Human Services)
Business Disaster Preparedness Workbook 2018 (from VT Emergency Management)
Emergency Management Documents
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