EAP/The Centers for Wellbeing is here to support businesses, employees, and their families with recovery efforts and support. In many regions throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and New York, floodwaters have washed out roads and cut off communities. As we begin to understand the full extent of the damage caused by severe weather, consider these tips and share with your workplace and household.

Vermont 211 Needs Your Disaster Damage Information: In order to help the state apply for the FEMA Individual Assistance Program, we need to collect details about damage to your residence or business. If you are a resident of the state of Vermont, please fill out this form with as much detail as possible; Vermont businesses, please use this form

What residents and families can do right now:

What businesses can do right now:

  • Following a disaster in the community, immediately communicate with all employees. Even a quick emailed message to all staff, detailing your concern for their wellbeing and listing available resources, can go a long way.
  • Account for all employees as part of the emergency response plan. After every employee is determined to be safe, assess the potential human impacts and pull together your leadership team. You’ll want to make decisions around opening/closing, communication methods, and appropriate steps should someone (or the business) require assistance.
  • Send your employees this reminder to contact EAP if they could use some support.
  • Visit the VtSBDC website for more detailed information on documenting damage in the wake of a disaster. Start by documenting the damage to your business and inventory via photos and videos when it is safe to do so. Make a list of damaged or lost items and, if possible, include the date of purchase, value, and receipts.
  • Contact your insurance company to file a claim or understand what losses may be covered.
  • In Vermont and New York, official State of Emergency declarations have been declared. State Emergency Management officials will be working with FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration on a disaster declaration which will allow for federal assistance in repairing damage from this storm.


More tips from Emergency Management:

  • If you ever encounter flood waters, never attempt to walk or drive through them.
  • Monitor media reports and road closures
  • Ask local officials whether your property is in a flood-prone or high-risk area. Flood plain maps are available at most town offices or city halls.
  • Listen to local and state Public Safety officials and respond to their directives in a prompt manner.
  • Know your best flood evacuation routes, potential public shelters, and where to find high ground. In a flash flood, you may need to seek high ground on foot quickly.
  • When in doubt, call 911 for assistance.

EAP is ready to support individuals and business leaders. Contact our 24/7 hotline at 866-660-9533 or fill out our online appointment request form.