As weather related disasters increase strong community bonds are the best plan for emergency preparedness.
What happens when natural disaster strikes a tiny New England town?
On August 28th 2011 tropical storm Irene hit tiny Pittsfield, Vermont hard, destroying homes and completely cutting off roads to the north and the south. Pittsfield was an island, with no power and no phone service. Then the amazing happened. Whatever you needed, someone had for you. A provisional medical clinic was set up in the library, food and water distribution in the Volunteer Firehouse, freezer emptying cook outs on the green, along with a makeshift school and soccer games for the kids. Bicycles and ATVs replaced cars, and hugs replaced nods as the standard greeting in town.
Filmmaker Marion Abrams, and 36 other Pittsfield residents, tell the story of a community that was always self-reliant, strong, ingenious and generous, proving itself (like so many other communities) to be even more so when faced with challenge. ---- Get this film into as many hands as possible. It is INSPIRING and UPLIFTING & will renew your faith in humanity. --
"Flood Bound is a fascinating, gripping movie. The people in this small beautiful Vermont town seem to take over the movie as they talk about what they did and what they felt when a hurricane flooded their town. It is wonderful how they helped each other, but just as wonderful is how it is all conveyed. As people speak, - and they are very different people responding in different ways - you feel their courage, their fear, and their astonishment at what was happening to them. It is one fascinating conversation and a stirring portrait of a town’s response to trouble. The movie is quiet and its genuine sympathetic feel holds you to the end. At the end, you can feel the pleasure in the town that they could rise to the occasion and take care of each other." ~Jeanne Winner