WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) - Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed Vermont's new five-year emergency plan, molded by the state's experiences in responding to and recovering from 2011's Tropical Storm Irene.
Speaking Thursday at the headquarters of Vermont Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Shumlin said Irene taught that government needs to work together.
He says the new plan meets the needs of Vermonters before, during and after a catastrophic event.
The plan addresses all the hazards that officials believe could be faced by Vermonters, including structure fires, natural disasters or acts of terrorism.
Deputy Transportation Secretary Sue Minter, who served for a time as the Irene recovery officer, says Irene showed Vermont citizens depend like never before on their government to be prepared and to be there during the emergency and the recovery phases.
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