WATERBURY (AP) - Vermont officials are preparing for the next big natural disaster to hit the state, an occurrence people feel is more likely in a time of climate change.

State officials released two reports Monday outlining steps that can be taken such as programs to minimize flooding in flood plains by encouraging development in areas outside those vulnerable areas and designing roads to make them less prone to flood damage.

Montpelier's Institute for Sustainable Communities prepared one of the reports at the request of the state while the other was done with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The reports were prepared in the aftermath of 2011's Tropical Storm Irene and a number other floods that did significant damage in different parts of the state.