VT DEMHS Release - Prepare for Cold and Snow


Vermont Public Safety 
Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security 
Press Release 
January 29, 2015 
11:00 a.m. 

Mark Bosma, VT DEMHS: 802-839-6717 

More snow and cold expected - be mindful and prepared 

WATERBURY - Public Safety officials are urging Vermonters to bundle up and drive safe as more weather advisories have been issued for the next few days. The National Weather Service says blowing snow and/or sub-zero wind chills are expected for much of Vermont from late Thursday into Sunday and possibly early next week. 

Counties in the northern half of the state are under a Winter Weather Advisory from 4 p.m. Thursday until 7 p.m. Friday night for 4-6 inches of wind-blown snow. Drivers are urged to slow down as visibility could be limited at times and roads could be icy in the continued cold. 

Temperatures will also take another dip Friday night through Saturday night with nighttime wind chills in many areas of Vermont dropping to 20-below zero and colder. Vermonters should ensure they are able to stay warm by checking heating "fuel" reserves (including wood and others) now to be sure they are sufficient for several days. 
Other reminders: 

* Check in with neighbors and friends who may need assistance. 

* Be careful with pets outdoors. 

* Consider several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing and covering your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs. 

* Test smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors, and change their batteries regularly. 

* Never operate a vehicle or generator indoors; cars, snowmobiles, trucks, and other vehicles run in a garage or other enclosed area can also be sources of CO poisoning, which can be deadly. 

* Ensure all heating vents are clear of snow or other obstructions. CO will enter the home if it can't be vented outside. 

* Slow down if you encounter snow-covered roads or limited visibility. Drive appropriately for the conditions. 

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