State and local
emergency crews are working to clean up after storms late Saturday and early
Sunday swept across Vermont. Rutland
was among the hardest-hit communities, with up to 80 properties seeing damage,
including the Asa Bloomer State Office Building.
Appropriations committee faces some major challenges in the next two
weeks. Because the state economy is
slowing down, the committee must cut at least $25 million from their budget for
Governor Jim Douglas has come up with an emergency repair program in response
to the chorus of criticism about the state’s bad roads. But
administration officials and legislative leaders say the program is not designed
as a long-term fix for the state’s aging transportation system.
Vermont public health officials say they’re confident the
state is well prepared if there’s an emergency or a disease outbreak.
report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that Vermont has done what it needs to be ready.
Dan Manz is Director of Emergency Medical
Services for Vermont Dept Health. Jim Finger is President of the Vermont
Ambulance Association. Patti O’Donnell is
a Republican Representative from Vernon. They spoke with VPR’s Jane Lindholm about the challenges
faced by Vermont’s emergency medical services.