State officials say Tropical Storm Irene has helped the state be better prepared for future natural disasters.
State and federal officials Monday released two reports that examined policies in place before Irene, the way the state responded during the disaster and how best to position resources and agencies for emergencies yet to come.
"Communities aren't having these conversations across the country. But thanks to the partnerships we have in our small state, we're having those and we're learning and we're adapting," said VTrans Deputy Secretary Sue Minter.
"We need to take steps to position Vermont -- both our people and our landscape and our infrastructure -- in a way that can handle the kinds of increasingly intense weather events that we are likely to be seeing," said Vt. Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding.
Among the recommendations are to develop a comprehensive floodplain protection program to minimize impacts from flooding, change land use in flood-prone areas and develop roads, buildings and farmland to be more flood resistant.