Regional Emergency Management Committee
TRORC will be managing and facilitating emergency management planning activities for all hazards through the Regional Emergency Management Committee (REMC). The REMC is composed of all 30-member towns, with each town appointing two voting members. The first voting member is the Emergency Management Director (EMD), and the second voting member is an emergency services representative (fire, ems, and police).
The TRORC REMC will be meeting on a quarterly basis on the third Thursday of March, June, September, and December. A virtual option will always be available. The REMC may go back to in-person meetings depending on the state of the pandemic.
The REMC will be conducting all-hazards preparedness planning, coordinating with Vermont Emergency Management (VEM), the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), and the new Statewide Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). TRORC will be providing administrative support to include meeting minutes, grant applications, planning support, and meeting setup. Funding for this is provided through VEM.
The REMC will, on an annual basis, prepare an annual plan that will consist of regional contact information, regional resources, and regional mutual aid agreements. Each REMC will also vote in and send a representative(s) to be a member on the statewide LEPC, participate in the Vermont Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW), and participate in the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment and Stakeholder Preparedness Review (THIRA SPR).
Voting members as of February 2022:
|Town||Voting Member 1||Voting Member 2|
|Barnard||Mike Manning||Stuart Hull|
|Bethel||Therese Kirby||David Aldrighetti|
|Brookfield||Rich Doolen||Kevin Wheatley|
|Corinth||Joe Blodgett||Mike Wolff|
|Fairlee||Peter Berger||Ken Champagne|
|Hartford||Tracy Yarlott-Davis||Scott Cooney|
|Newbury||Jeff Morin||Jeff McKelvey|
|Norwich||Rod Francis||Alex Northern|
|Pittsfield||Ryan Thompson||Doug Mianulli|
|Pomfret||Kevin Rice||Gordon Modarai|
|Rochester||Vic Ribaudo||Terry Severy|
|Royalton||Brad Salzmann||Loretta Stalnaker|
|Sharon||Nathan Potter||Keith Lyman|
|Stockbridge||Jim Shands||Zachary Cavacas|
|Strafford||Josh Kahan||Aaron Dotter|
|Thetford||Mariah Whitcomb||Chad Whitcomb|
|Topsham||Bradford Calhoun||Jonathan Calhoun|
|Tunbridge||Brenda Fields||Simon Bradford|
|West Fairlee||Delsie Hoyt|
Anyone can attend or be part of the REMC, whether you are a voting member or not. Some of the organizations that participate in the REMC include:
- Orange County Sheriff
- VNH Care
- VA Medical Center
- Thompson Senior Center
- American Red Cross
- Vermont Department of Health
- United Ways Vermont
If you want to be included in email notifications for REMC meetings, please email Lori Kay at lkay @ trorc.org.
All LEPC’s have now be consolidated into one statewide LEPC. Tier II reports are no longer accepted at this location.
Instructions for municipalities:
Vermont EPCRA Tier II filers:
Vermont’s Community Right-To-Know Program, 20 VSA Chapter 1, Vermont’s Rules and Regulations dated October 1995, and the Federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) which is a part of 42 USC Chapter 116, require that certain hazardous materials must be reported annually between Jan 1 – March 1st for the preceding calendar year.
The Vermont State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) requires facilities to submit Tier II reports by using the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier2Submit software program. The EPA provides this software application at no charge.
The Tier2Submit software can be downloaded at https://www.epa.gov/epcra/tier2-submit-software.
Electronic submission via .t2s file will be the only means of accepted submission
The Tier II File, a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for each reported hazardous material, if required (new chemical not reported in previous year) must be submitted to the following:
- State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) – TIER II Submit Portal at https://vtdfs.powerappsportals.us/tier-ii/ – Complete Registration
Follow prompt and upload your .t2s file
Once the report has been received an Invoice for the fees owed will be generated and emailed notification will be sent. Payment can be mailed to the Division of Fire Safety, Attn: Community Right-to-Know Program., 45 State Dr. Waterbury, VT 05671 with the appropriate – fee, payable to “Department of Public Safety – HSF”, or Paid via the submission portal via eChecks only (online payment will be available in February 2022).
- New Statewide Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) – (Electronic File Only) – Emailed to [email protected]
- Local Responding Fire Department – (Hard Copy or as required by local jurisdiction)
More information can be found on the program at the EPCRA Compliance website http://vem.vermont.gov/programs/epcra .
In February 2022, EPA Region 1 will be providing software demonstrations and Q&A sessions for facilities in New England States who may be required to submit an EPCRA Tier II report by March 1, 2021. A follow up email will be sent when registration is available.
EPA Tier2 Submit software provides facilities with a simplified, easy-to-use reporting process for the EPCRA Tier II Report. For this webinar, EPA New England’s Len Wallace, will provide a live demonstration of EPA’s new Tier2 Submit reporting software, and answer questions from attendees. A representative from Vermont will provide information on state-specific requirements.
EPCRA Tier2 Submit Software Demonstration for Vermont Facilities
https://www.epa.gov/epcra – EPA Site
http://vem.vermont.gov/programs/epcra – Vermont Site
What are some typical chemicals that need to be reported?
- Sand/salt piles over 10,000 pounds (or about 4 cubic yards);
- 55-gallon drums (400 pounds) of chemicals, such as diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), waste oil, hydraulic oil, etc.;
- Water/wastewater treatment plants that store chlorine and other types of chemicals;
- Municipally owned buildings that have about 2,000 gallon tanks of propane or heating oil; and
- Fire departments that have any of the above, as well as counting the cumulative weight of lead acid batteries for equipment and vehicles.
There is no fee for a municipality or non-profit to submit a Tier II report. Remember, these reports serve as important pieces of information for emergency management directors to plan for potential disasters, and so fire departments are aware of what is stored in any particular building during response.
Assistance is available to every municipality and fire department to submit the Tier II report.
- YouTube Tutorial on how to navigate the Tier II submit software.
- How to Submit a Tier II Report for Municipalities 2020
- Typical Chemicals to be Reported
Kevin Geiger at [email protected]