Vermont State Emergency Operations Center
March 15, 2017
VT DPS: Mark Bosma, 802-839-6717
VTrans: Communications office, 802-498-5988
6:30 a.m. Winter Storm Update
· The Winter Storm Warning has been narrowed to eastern and southern Franklin, Orleans, Essex, Lamoille, Caledonia, Washington, eastern Chittenden, eastern Addison, and eastern Rutland counties until 8 p.m. Wednesday evening.
· All areas of Vermont not listed under the Winter Storm Warning are under a Winter Weather Advisory until 8 p.m. tonight.
· Blizzard Warning been cancelled.
· Crown Point/Champlain Bridge in Addison has re-opened.
· Travel is still discouraged early this morning.
· No power outages reported.
· No state road closures reported.
Information from 10 p.m. Update
· If you do slide off the road, call for help and stay with your car until that help arrives. Ensure your tailpipe is clear of snow.
· The Vermont State Police ask that you please NOT call emergency dispatch or 911 to determine road or traffic conditions. During major weather events, dispatchers are busy handling emergency calls and supporting first responders. Please visit http://vtstatepolice.blogspot.com/ or http://vtrans.vermont.gov/operations/winter for road information or call 2-1-1. You can also get road, weather, and other alerts sent to you through Vermont Alert: http://vtalert.gov.
· Carbon monoxide (CO) continues to be a concern. CO is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause flu-like illness or death. Symptoms of CO poisoning are like the flu and include nausea, headache, and dizziness. If you feel these symptoms, leave the home and call for help.
· Ensure all heating vents are clear of snow as a blocked vent can create a buildup of CO in the home, never use a generator indoors, and always have working CO and Smoke detectors in your home and in all living areas.
· Check on neighbors, especially those who are elderly or who may otherwise need special assistance. Be sure their heating vents are clear of snow, and during a prolonged weather event that they have heat, electricity and any needed medical supplies.
· Take it easy while shoveling. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death during the winter.
Information and safety resources:
For weather, road, or emergency updates sent directly to your e-mail or cell phone sign up for Vermont Alert: http://www.vtalert.gov.
DEMHS on Facebook: www.facebook.com/vermontemergencymanagement
DEMHS on Twitter: twitter.com/vemvt (@vemvt)
Vermont State Police on Twitter: @vtstatepolice
Vermont State Police on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VermontStatePolice/
VTrans on Facebook: www.facebook.com/vtransontheroad
VTrans on Twitter: twitter.com/511vt (@511vt)
Vermont Department of Health on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HealthVermont/
Vermont Department of Health on Twitter: twitter.com/healthvermont (@HealthVermont)
National Weather Service Burlington on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSBurlington/
National Weather Service Burlington on Twitter: (@NWSBurlington)
National Weather Service Albany on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSAlbany/
National Weather Service Albany on Twitter: (@NWSAlbany)
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VT Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security