Thu, Oct 25, 2012 03:14 PM
Vermonters encouraged to prepare for possible storm Track of
Hurricane Sandy highly uncertain
Oct. 25, 3 p.m.
WATERBURY, VT - Vermont Emergency Management is encouraging
Vermonters to prepare for any possible adverse effects from
Hurricane Sandy. The storm is forecast to move up the east
coast throughout the weekend and make landfall in the northeast
early next week.
The National Weather Service reports that where the storm will make
landfall, and what exact effects may be felt in Vermont are highly
uncertain at this point. However, it is likely Vermont will
see a significant amount of rain and high winds between Monday
night and Wednesday.
"We won't know until this weekend exactly what we can expect from
this storm, so we are preparing for anything," Vermont Public
Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn said. "My staff will continue
to follow the storm throughout the weekend and we are preparing our
possible response as if the worst-case scenario will occur."
Vermont Emergency Management has been working with the National
Weather Service this week to track the possible scenarios for the
storm. VEM has also reached out to other state agencies,
local Emergency Management Directors, and other emergency response
partners to keep them abreast of the possibility of an emergency
response early next week.
Individuals are encouraged to stay tuned to local media to track
the progress of the storm.
"Vermonters should always be prepared for anything," Vermont
Emergency Management Director Joe Flynn said. "With this
storm we are fortunate that we have time to get ourselves
ready. This weekend would be an ideal time to do things like
clear leaves from storm drains and remove anything from lawns that
could blow around and do some damage. Those simple steps
alone could prevent significant damage if the storm is
Other suggested preparedness actions:
• Make sure your family emergency supply kit is
stocked with fresh water, batteries, flashlights, and other basic
necessities. Every home should have such a kit whether or not
a storm is approaching.
• Review you family's emergency plan.
◦ Know a safe route out in case you need to
evacuate to higher ground
◦ Establish an out of state contact in case your
family is separated
• If you lose power and run a generator, make
sure it is always run outside and that exhaust is NOT entering the
home. Every home should have a carbon monoxide
For more tips visit: http://vem.vermont.gov/preparedness