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Emergency Operations Center

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is Guilford’s all hazards emergency response organization.  Working in partnership with federal, state and local public agencies, the EOC strives to plan for, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters in order to protect lives and property.  The EOC is co-located with the Guilford Volunteer Fire Department at 108 Guilford Center Road.

The Emergency Operations Center maintains an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) that describes and directs the actions that are to be taken in response to a local disaster or emergency.  The EOP is applicable to natural disasters such as ice storms and hurricanes, human caused incidents such as civil disturbances, and technological situations such as hazardous materials incidents and power failures.  The EOP incorporates the basic principals of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), including the Incident Command System (ICS).

Emergency Shelter

The Guilford Community Church (GCC), located at 38 Church Drive in the Village of Algiers, is a certified American Red Cross Shelter.

The Selectboard, the Emergency Management Director and the Fire Chief are authorized to determine the necessity of opening the Shelter.  Upon notification of this determination, the Shelter Manager, Frederick Ashworth (257-4153), summons the Shelter Volunteer Staff and the required Emergency Equipment in order to open the Shelter for operation.


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VT Alert

**Please Note: you can set quiet hours for most alerts that are not urgent.  When you set up your alerts click on the ones you want and be sure to set “Quiet Hours” for things like Weather Watches and Weather Advisories.  If you don’t, you will likely get periodic phone calls in the middle of the night for non-emergency notifications, for which you have signed up.**

Vermont Alert has gone through a significant upgrade to further improve its capabilities for Vermonters.  The state’s notification system for emergencies, Amber Alerts, weather, road conditions, and more has improved functionality, a new look, and a smartphone app.

Vermont Emergency Management has partnered with Everbridge to provide Vermonters with enhanced capabilities to prepare themselves for emergencies, including:

  • Users can now download, and receive alerts via the Everbridge mobile app or continue to get them via SMS/TEXT, E-Mail, Mobile Phone, Work or Home Phone, and TTY/TDD Devices.
  • Users can now prioritize notifications by specifying the order of communication type and method.
  • VT-ALERT also allows users to list up to five (5) additional locations in Vermont for which they want to receive alerts.  These locations may include, for example, towns where other family members live, or where children attend school.

The upgrade necessitates current account holders to re-register for the system.

VT-ALERT is used by the state and local responders to notify the public of emergency situations.  Those include, but are not limited to, evacuation information; chemical spills; shelter-in-place alerts; severe weather advisories; boil water advisories, and roadway interruptions.  Residents can tailor the alerts to specific locations, types of alerts and on which devices they will be notified.

Vermont Emergency Management launched VT-ALERT in 2013 as a means of reaching Vermonters directly with emergency information via their cell phones, email, or home phones.  The system allows users to choose which alerts they receive, how they receive them, and for which specific geographic area.

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