VEM: Storm Track Uncertain…Prepare Anyway

You may have heard some dire predictions from the National Weather Service about Hurricane Sandy now making its way into the Southeastern Coastal U.S.   The NWS is suggesting that by the time “Sandy” gets up to the Northeast on Tuesday morning it may also intersect with another storm system coming in…which, yes, would result in lots of rain, high winds and even some wet snow.

Vermont Emergency Management sent out an advisory today to media that they are preparing for a possible severe storm early next week although — at this point — no definition of when and how it will affect us here in Vermont.

Nonetheless, VEM suggests we prepare anyway….removing all debris and outdoor furniture, awnings, etc. and making sure standard emergency supplies are on hand.  Here is a portion of their suggestions:

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 severe.”

 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 detector.

For more tips visit: http://vem.vermont.gov/preparedness.

Woodstock Early Bird will, of course,  let you know closer to the 48 hours out time period what all we might get getting….

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