Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

20 V.S.A. 29

Summary Title

Liability: Providing Shelter


An individual who owns property allows others to use the property for shelter or to provide health-related services during a practice or actual emergency will not be held legally responsible for injury, death, or damage resulting from such use of the property.

Full Title

Emergency shelters; no private liability

Full Text

Any person owning or controlling premises who voluntarily and without compensation grants a license or privilege, or otherwise permits the designation or use of the whole or any part of such land and premises for the purpose of sheltering persons or animals or providing health-related services during a declared emergency or practice drill in cooperation with a federal, state, or political subdivision shall together with successors in interest not be civilly liable for negligence causing the death of or injury to any person on or about the land and premises or for loss of or damage to the property of the person during a declared emergency or practice drill.