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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
400 AM EST MON NOV 03 2014

...WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK ACROSS NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND...
...TODAYS TOPIC...ARE YOU PREPARED FOR WINTER WEATHER?...

ALL OF THE NEW ENGLAND STATES AS WELL AS THE STATE OF NEW YORK...
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES IN THESE
RESPECTIVE STATES...HAVE DESIGNATED THIS WEEK AS WINTER WEATHER
AWARENESS WEEK.

IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO...NOW IS THE TIME TO GET YOURSELF
AND YOUR PROPERTY PREPARED FOR THE WINTER SEASON.

AS WE HAVE WITNESSED WITH THE ICE STORM OF JANUARY 1998 AND THE
VALENTINE DAY SNOWSTORM OF 2007...SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CAN GREATLY
INTERRUPT DAILY LIFE ESSENTIALS FOR SEVERAL DAYS...SUCH AS HEAT...
ELECTRICITY AND TRAVEL CAN BE IMPOSSIBLE AS WELL.

THEREFORE...ADEQUATE PREPARATION AND COMMON SENSE CAN MAKE THE
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
RECOMMENDS THE FOLLOWING PREPAREDNESS TIPS.

MAKE SURE YOUR HEATING SYSTEM HAS BEEN INSPECTED AND IS OPERATING
SAFELY AND EFFICIENTLY. HAVE YOUR CHIMNEY SWEPT TO REMOVE ANY SOOT
BUILDUP.

CHECK YOUR SUPPLY OF HEATING FUEL. ALWAYS BE SURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH IN
CASE A WINTER STORM DELAYS FUEL DELIVERY. IF YOU HEAT YOUR HOME BY
WOOD STOVE...BE SURE YOU HAVE A SUFFICIENT SUPPLY OF WOOD TO LAST
THROUGH THE WINTER.

IF YOU USE A GENERATOR...BE SURE YOU PROVIDE ADEQUATE VENTILATION TO
PREVENT DEADLY CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING. ALSO...WITH ANY HEATING
SYSTEM MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A BATTERY POWERED OPERATING CARBON MONOXIDE
DETECTOR.

WHEN YOU PLAN TO BE AWAY FROM HOME FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD...DO NOT
SHUT OFF THE HEAT...THIS WILL HELP KEEP YOUR PIPES FROM FREEZING.

CHECK YOUR FOOD AND STOCK AN EXTRA SUPPLY OF NON-PERISHABLE FOODS.
YOUR SUPPLIES SHOULD INCLUDE FOOD THAT REQUIRES NO COOKING OR
REFRIGERATION IN CASE YOU LOSE ELECTRICITY. ALSO...HAVE PLENTY OF
BOTTLED WATER ON HAND.

IN THE EVENT YOU LOSE ELECTRICITY...HAVE PLENTY OF WARM BLANKETS
AVAILABLE. BE SURE YOUR BATTERY OPERATED RADIOS AND FLASHLIGHTS ARE
IN GOOD WORKING ORDER AND THAT YOU HAVE A FRESH SUPPLY OF BATTERIES.

GET YOUR VEHICLE WINTERIZED BEFORE THE COLD WEATHER ARRIVES. BE SURE
THE BATTERY IS FULLY CHARGED...AND YOUR LIGHTS AND BRAKES ARE IN GOOD
WORKING ORDER. CHECK YOUR TIRES AND WIPER BLADES AND BE SURE TO HAVE
A FRESH SUPPLY OF ANTIFREEZE. DURING THE COLD WEATHER SEASON...TRY TO
MAINTAIN A FULL TANK OF GASOLINE IN YOUR VEHICLE...THIS WILL HELP
PREVENT THE FUEL LINE FROM FREEZING.

KEEP A WINTER STORM KIT IN THE TRUNK OF YOUR CAR. SOME SUPPLIES YOU
MAY WANT TO INCLUDE ARE BLANKETS...NON-PERISHABLE FOODS LIKE NUTS...
PROTEIN...HEALTH OR CANDY BARS...FLARES...A SHOVEL...A BAG OF SAND...
TIRE CHAINS...A FLASHLIGHT...WINDSHIELD SCRAPER...AND BOOSTER CABLES.

DURING WINTER STORMS AND COLD SNAPS...TRY TO REMAIN INDOORS AS MUCH
AS POSSIBLE. WHEN SHOVELING SNOW...DO NOT OVEREXERT YOURSELF...IT IS
EXTREMELY HARD WORK COULD RESULT IN A HEART ATTACK.

DRESS FOR THE SEASON. WEAR LOOSE FITTING...LIGHT WEIGHT...WARM
CLOTHING IN SEVERAL LAYERS. OUTER GARMENTS SHOULD BE TIGHTLY
WOVEN...WATER REPELLENT...AND HOODED. THE HOOD SHOULD PROTECT THE
HEAD AND FACE. AND REMEMBER...MITTENS PROVIDE MORE PROTECTION
THAN GLOVES.

KEEP YOUR HEAD...HANDS AND FEET WARM AND DRY TO PREVENT FROSTBITE. IT
IS VITAL TO RETAIN AS MUCH OF YOUR BODY HEAT AS POSSIBLE DURING COLD
WEATHER.

ALWAYS BE AWARE OF THE WEATHER FORECAST...ESPECIALLY IF YOUR ARE
PLANNING TO TRAVEL. REMEMBER...YOUR BEST SOURCE FOR WEATHER
INFORMATION DURING THE WINTER SEASON IS A BATTERY OPERATED NOAA
WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS. IF YOU HAVE INTERNET CAPABILITIES...
CHECK WEATHER.GOV...THEN CLICK ON VERMONT.


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