Community Resilience Organizations (CROs) are local teams, appointed by the town legislative body, that engage residents and town leaders in tasks aimed to lessen losses via climate adaptation, disaster preparedness and hazard mitigation, while strengthening local collaboration and social cohesion. CROs build connections between the silos of passionate volunteers in conservation, emergency response and social services, bringing them together to build collaborative projects. By leveraging resources and gaining wider community participation, the impact is magnified. Through an annual Day for CROing, teams engage youth and the broader community to collaborate on critical projects that will make the town stronger and safer, while simultaneously including celebration to add fun and build community.
Barbara Farr has been the Waterbury Long Term Community Recovery Director since January 2012, following Tropical Storm Irene. She also works part-time with a consulting firm, Armada, Ltd, on emergency planning, mitigation, recovery and accreditation standards since 2011. Prior to that Ms. Farr was the Governor's appointed Director of Vermont Emergency Management from 2005 to 2011 and was involved in all aspects of emergency management at the local, state and federal levels. Ms. Farr has been involved in long-term recovery efforts and implementation following natural disasters since 1995 as the Executive Director of the Lamoille County Planning Commission (1985-2000). Ms. Farr has a Masters degree in Environmental Law from the Vermont Law School.
Lori Hirshfield has been the Director of the Department of Planning and Development Services for the Town of Hartford since August 1996. The Department is responsible for town-wide current and comprehensive planning, including zoning, land use, community and economic development, historic preservation, conservation, housing, energy, transportation and hazard mitigation. Prior to coming to Vermont, Ms. Hirshfield worked in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. metropolitan areas. She has a Masters in Community Planning from the University of Maryland, and thirty-seven years of community planning and development experience.
Dylan Kreis grew up in the town of Hartford and has recently returned to the area. He earned a BS in Forestry & Environmental Management from the University of New Brunswick and a MA in Sustainable Development: Policy Advocacy & Analysis from the SIT Graduate Institute. Dylan has exstensive experience in the fields of forest fire management and renewable energy.