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March 11, 2014

Significant Snow Expected in Vermont: Vermonters encouraged to check heating vents and drive safe

The state of Vermont is once again in the crosshairs of a significant winter storm with more than 18-inches of snow possible for areas of the state. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for most of the state due to that snow – and the possibility of some mixed precipitation.

As with all storms, the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security reminds the public to keep a few things in mind:

* Be a good neighbor – Check in on elderly or other neighbors who may need assistance.

* Don’t overdo it – When clearing snow take frequent breaks. Shoveling is strenuous work and can lead to a number of health problems ranging from a back injury to cardiac issues.

* Check heating vents – Snow can cover vents – particularly those that are low to the ground. Blocked vents can cause deadly carbon monoxide (CO) to enter the home. CO is colorless and odorless and can cause injury or death. All homeowners are advised to have working carbon monoxide detectors in the home and to get out and call for help if it sounds. Symptoms of CO poisoning include lethargy and nausea. If you use a generator, use it outside away from the house.

* Check forecast and conditions before heading out – If you have to head out, drive appropriately for conditions. Slow down and leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you to allow for extra braking distance. Clear all snow from your car so your visibility is not impeded and you don’t present a hazard to other drivers.

* Make sure all exits are clear of snow – Particularly in public buildings, it is important all egresses are clear in case they are needed in emergency.

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VT DEMHS and other state agencies are in contact with each other, the National Weather Service, utilities, and local communities in preparation for the approaching weather. Communities that my need assistance can contact DEMHS.

Updates on roads, weather conditions, or other issues can be found on the following sites:

VT DEMHS on Facebook:

VT DEMHS on Twitter: @vemvt …

Vermont 511 on Twitter: @511vt …

VTrans on Facebook:

Vermont State Police on Twitter: @VTStatePolice …

Vermont State Police on Facebook:

NWS Burlington: on Facebook or @NWSBurlington on Twitter

NWS Albany: on Facebook or @NWSAlbany on Twitter

Weather and other resources:

National Weather Service Albany (Forecast office for Bennington and Windham counties):

National Weather Service Burlington (Rest of Vermont):

Road conditions:

Media Contact: Mark Bosma, VT DEMHS; 802-839-6717 or 800-347-0488

Source: Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Last Updated at: March 11, 2014 13:16:21
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