We have entered into an agreement, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with the City of Barre that grants CVHHH permission to use a portion of the Barre Auditorium (AUD) as an alternate facility site so that CVHHH may continue to operate and provide care for central Vermonters in the event of a natural disaster or emergency. Lucas Herring, Mayor of the City of Barre (pictured left), with Jeff Bergeron, Director of Buildings & Community Services (pictured right), were present as Sandy Rousse, CVHHH’s President & CEO, counter-signed the MOU on January 21 at the AUD.
“The City of Barre has agreements with a number of local groups, including the Red Cross, UVMHN-Central Vermont Medical Center, and the Vermont Department of Health to use the AUD as a shelter in the case of a catastrophic emergency,” says Herring. The City of Barre has a history of welcoming Vermonters in need, including during the flooding in 2011 and 2015, and more recently, during an ice storm that left many residents without power. “We have a lot of supports in place for our residents and neighbors if they need something.”
Sandy Rousse says, “The Barre Auditorium is a place that fosters community all year long, for sporting and other events. Partnering with our municipality to ensure that CVHHH can continue to operate in the event of an emergency is an important way that we, and the City of Barre, can join together to support central Vermonters.”
(Barre Aud. photo courtesy of City of Barre)