Plainfield Emergency Management
COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic
On March 24, 2020 Governor Phil Scott issued an executive order to Stay Home/Stay Safe as part of Addendum-6 to Executive Order January 20. This Stay Home/Stay Safe Order is effective Wednesday, March 25 at 5:0o PM.
To preserve the public health and safety, to ensure the healthcare delivery system is capable of serving all, and to help protect those at the highest risk and vulnerability, Vermonters are directed to stay at home or in their place of residence, leaving only for essential reasons such as: personal safety; groceries or medicine; curbside pick-up of goods, meals or beverages; medical care; exercise; care of others; and work, as set forth further below. Vermonters shall significantly restrict normal activities outside the home or place of residence, consistent with CDC guidance, to help stop the spread of the virus.
The full text of Governor Scott’s March 24, 2020 order can be found here.
On March 10, 2020 Governor Scott put together a response team for the state of Vermont. The Vermont State Emergency Operations Center is working closely with the Vermont Health Department in response to the Covid-19 corona virus pandemic. Emergency Management Directors and Town Health Officers are designated as the point people for each town. Read Governor Scott's Executive Orders in response to COVID-19.
We are receiving guidance daily (sometimes multiple times a day) from the Vermont State Emergency Operations Center, the Vermont Department of Health, and other resources. Conference calls organized by the State Emergency Operations Center are happening regularly, at least weekly, for various sectors of our communities, including Emergency Management, law enforcement, Town Health Officers, health care providers and institutions.
We hope to provide you with current information to assist you in remaining healthy during this pandemic, and in receiving diagnosis and treatment in the event you become infected.
Plainfield Emergency Management is coordinating with Marshfield to offer volunteer help to those in need. Many thanks to Drew McNaughton! Click on the links below to learn how to offer and ask for help.
Sasha Thayer, Emergency Management Director, 802-454-1131
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 454-1131.
Emergency Management Documents
Plainfield residents and all other Vermonters have a tool to stay informed of pending disasters, traffic information, weather conditions, public health notifications, and countless other alerts that could affect themselves or their loved ones.
Vermont Alert is a free service that allows you to sign up and receive notifications through your choice of text, e-mail, telephone, or even a game console. Alerts are localized to areas you chose and are issued by state and local responders and other agencies.
How VT Alert Can Help You
Your local fire department can use VT Alert to contact the public directly with warnings and updates and send evacuation notices. With VT Alert you can be informed by phone, text, or e-mail of travel alerts for motorists to avoid an area, weather warnings (including flooding and heavy snow coming), and be warned about public health hazards, for instance, from smoke. You can even designate a “quiet time” when you sign up so you don’t receive alerts in the middle of the night.
The State Police uses VT Alert to provide information about traffic accidents and public safety dangers. The Agency of Transportation uses VT Alert to advise travelers of road hazards and alternate routes. VTrans can then notify the public when the road has re-opened. The National Weather Service and Vermont Emergency Management use VT Alert to issue storm Watches and Warnings. In the aftermath of a storm, state and federal governments can use VT Alert to provide information about disaster aid. The National
Vermont’s State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) and partners can use VT Alert to: