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Irene Recovery Rotary Grant Update

posted Mar 5, 2013, 6:42 AM by jon curtis
Vermont received a $400,000+ grant from the Rotary Foundation to help residents with the impacts left by tropical storm Irene.  The project plan is to develop, provide and coordinate the provision of disaster relief and recovery assistance to individuals with critical needs due to loss, damage, disruption, and displacement caused by Tropical Storm Irene and the resulting flooding in the state of Vermont, USA.
To date the Disaster Recovery Case Managers have identified local needs, mobilized available resources, and coordinated services to prevent gaps in service while avoiding duplication, and offered comprehensive assessments, disaster case management, and long-term recovery assistance. They have been addressing such problems as loss of housing, food, clothing, furniture, and household goods; property damage, well and spring damage, wet houses and the uncontrolled growth of mold; dislocation; and severe disruption of people’s lives. 
For this period the most common projects involved service road repair, culverts, wells, septic systems, furnace replacement, and heat/housing. 
So far, they have helped to achieve the following outcomes:
•Repaired 23 service roads and culverts
•Replaced/repaired 14 septic systems
•Replace 13 furnaces
•Funded 9 mold assessments/remediation projects
•Drilled/repaired 8 wells
•Funded 10 fuel/utility deliveries/assists
•Replaced 5 appliances
•Provided rent to 5 households
•Cleared waste/debris at 3 households
•Provided food for 2 households.
One example of a collaborative project involving Rotary volunteers was for a disabled woman at Mountain Home Park in Brattleboro, Vt. Her mobile home had been devastated by the flooding, and with FEMA dollars she was able to purchase a new mobile home, but 
needed help moving. She purchased a new stove and gently used dryer. Rotary volunteers coordinated a work day where the appliances and larger furniture were moved, as well as two cords of wood moved and stacked. 
The project has been operating in the U.S. state of Vermont, so far between 8/24/12 and 12/31/12. The majority of the beneficiaries were Vermont households registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for financial assistance for damages throughout the state, but primarily in Windham, Windsor, Lamoilie, Washington, Orange, Rutland and Bennington counties.