Vermonters urged to prepare for Hurricane Irene
Aug 25, 2011 | 1717 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MONTPELIER – Gov. Peter Shumlin today reiterated that Hurricane Irene is currently heading for the United States and is expected to make landfall sometime this weekend. The current track of the storm has Irene crossing into Vermont as a Tropical Storm overnight Sunday into Monday. A Tropical Storm designation is based on the fact that maximum winds could be between 39 and 73 miles-per-hour.

The Governor, after a briefing today with state and federal emergency officials, said the storm is expected to bring heavy rains and wind starting late Sunday, and could cause flash flooding throughout Vermont and high winds with widespread power outages. Additional briefings on the track and progress of the hurricane will continue throughout today, Friday and the weekend.

Vermont Emergency Management’s preparedness instructions include:

• Clearing your yard of toys, lawn furniture and other objects that could become dangerous if blown around in high winds.

• Stocking up on water, non-perishable food and other supplies to be able to shelter at homes for up to three days.

• Preparing for power outages by stockpiling flashlights and fresh batteries and a battery powered radio. If you have a generator, ensure that it is professionally installed and can be operated without causing a carbon monoxide hazard. Report outages to your electric utility. Be sure you have at least one phone that does not need electricity.

• If local officials order an evacuation, respond immediately. Plan your evacuation route ahead of time, one that brings you over high ground.

• Use text messaging to communicate with family and friends during a storm if possible, rather than cell phone calls. Texts use much less bandwidth than cell phone calls and messages are more likely to get through.

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