Plainfield Emergency Management
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.
Plainfield is in the process of updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan. Click here for a copy of the draft. Your comments are welcome. Please direct comments to Interim Emergency Management Director, Sasha Thayer and to Jonathan Delabruere of the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission by April 4, 2019.
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 Interim Emergency Management Director Sasha Thayer or give her a call at 454-1131.
Sasha Thayer, Interim Emergency Management Director, 802-454-1131
Emergency Operation Center (during disasters and emergencies), 802-454-1286.
Emergency Management Documents
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