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January 13, 2018

VEM Release - Weather Conditions Update

Vermont Emergency Management

Press Release

January 13, 2018

9:00 a.m.

 

Contact:

Vermont Emergency Management: 802-839-6717

 

Caution urged during storm

WATERBURY, VT – Rain has turned to snow and mixed precipitation for many areas of Vermont this morning.  Travel is expected to be difficult in areas and caution is urged if you need to be on the roads today.

 

Warming temperatures and rain resulted in ice jams and flooding in areas around Vermont on Friday and into today.  Local and state emergency personnel are monitoring jams on the Missisquoi, Lamoille, and Winooski rivers.

 

Several state and local roads remain closed due to floodwaters and motorists are encouraged to respect all detours and never drive over a flooded road.  State road closures and conditions can be found at www.511vt.com.

 

Power outages are not widespread, but much colder weather is forecast for the next few days.  Those who are without electrical service and need a place to keep warm should contact Vermont 2-1-1 (www.vermont211.org) by simply dialing 2-1-1, or by texting your zip code to 898211.

 

Vermonters and our visitors are encouraged to take some simple steps to stay safe in this weekend’s adverse weather conditions:

 

  • Be a good neighbor - Check on older or disabled relatives, friends and neighbors to make sure they are keeping warm safely and have sufficient food and water.
  • Make sure your car is properly winterized - Keep the gas tank at least half-full.  Carry a Winter Emergency Car Kit in the trunk including blankets, extra clothing, flashlight with spare batteries, a can and waterproof matches (to melt snow for drinking water), non-perishable foods, windshields scraper, shovel, sand, towrope and jumper cables.
  • Have sufficient heating “fuel” for your home – Check your heating supply, whether it’s oil, propane, wood, wood chips, etc.  If you need information on heating assistance you can dial 2-1-1.
  • Heat safely - If you lose your primary heat system, use only safe alternate sources like a fireplace, wood stove or space heater and ensure they are ventilating properly.
  • Ventilate to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning - If you use a generator, ensure it is used outside, away from open windows, doors or air intakes.  Exhaust from a generator or heating source can cause a buildup of Carbon Monoxide (CO) in the home.  Carbon monoxide is a deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas.  CO poisoning can mimic flu-like symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, nausea and fatigue. Higher levels of exposure result in disorientation, drowsiness, unconsciousness and death.  If you experience these symptoms leave the home and contact help.  Test smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors.
  • Ensure all heating vents are clear of snow or other obstructions.  Even if you don’t see significant snowfall blowing snow can block heating vents.  Blocked vents can lead to CO buildup on the home.
  • Limit time outdoors - Minimize outside activities, particularly the elderly and very young.
  • Consider your pets and limit their time outdoors.
  • Dress warmly and stay dry - Wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, rather than a single layer of heavy clothing. Wear a hat, mittens, and sturdy waterproof boots, protecting your extremities. Keep babies and older adults dry and in warm rooms.
  • Avoid hypothermia and frostbite - Symptoms of frostbite include a loss of feeling and a pale appearance in extremities, such as fingers, toes, ear lobes or the tip of the nose. Hypothermia signs include shivering, exhaustion, slurred speech and in infants, bright red, cold skin. If symptoms are detected, seek medical help immediately and get to a warm place.  Slowly warm the affected areas as you await medical assistance.
  • Be prepared.  Have a well-stocked Winter Home Emergency Supply Kit that includes flashlights, portable radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, bottled water and non-perishable food.

 

For weather, road, or emergency updates sent directly to your email or cell phone sign up for Vermont Alert at http://www.vtalert.gov.

 

Vermont Emergency Management is posting storm updates to our website under “Latest News” at www.vem.vermont.gov.

 

Social Media:

Vermont Emergency Management: www.facebook.com/vermontemergencymanagement and http://twitter.com/vemvt.

VTrans: https://www.facebook.com/VTransontheroad/ and https://twitter.com/511VT.

National Weather Service (Burlington): https://www.facebook.com/NWSBurlington/ and https://twitter.com/NWSBurlington 

National Weather Service (Albany): https://www.facebook.com/NWSAlbany/ and https://twitter.com/NWSAlbany 

Vermont Department of Health: https://www.facebook.com/HealthVermont/ and https://twitter.com/healthvermont 

 

Forecast information: www.weather.gov/btv or www.weather.gov/aly .

 




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