Statement as of 01:36 am EDT on March 17, 2014
... Record low temperature set at Montpelier VT...
A record low temperature of -5 degrees was set at Montpelier VT
yesterday. This breaks the old record of -4 set in 1956.
Public Information Statement
Statement as of 5:00 am EDT on March 17, 2014
... National flood safety awareness week begins...
The National Weather Service has declared March 17 through 21, 2014,
National flood safety awareness week. The National Weather Service
In Burlington, Vermont will feature a different educational topic each
Day during the week. Today's topic: flood preparedness and safety.
Nearly every day, flooding happens somewhere in the United States or
Its territories. Flooding causes more damage in the United States than
Any other weather related event. On average, floods cause eight billion
Dollars in damage and ninety five fatalities annually. Being prepared
And knowing how to stay safe will help you and your loved ones survive
Prepare... before and during the flood, awareness and preparation are key.
Know your flood risk and elevation above flood stage. Do your local streams
Or rivers flood easily? If so, be prepared to move to a place of safety.
Know your evacuation routes. Find out which flooding hazards impact your
State at www.Floodsafety.NOAA.Gov/map.Shtml. Flood plain information is
Available from fema at https://MSC.Fema.Gov, or contact your town's
Assemble a disaster supplies kit containing a first aid kit, canned food
And can opener, bottled water, rubber boots and gloves, a, NOAA Weather
Radio and battery powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries. Go to
Www.Floodsafety.NOAA.Gov for more information.
Be aware... find the latest forecasts and hazardous weather conditions at
Www.Weather.Gov/btv. Forecasters in NWS offices work around the clock to
Ensure watches, warnings and advisories are issued to alert the public to
Hazardous conditions. Flood watches are issued when flooding is possible,
And flood or flash flood warnings when flooding is imminent or already
Occurring. The same information is available on your Mobile device at
Http://Mobile.Weather.Gov. Some smartphones are able to receive Flash
Flood Warning alerts via the wireless emergency alerts system. Visit
Www.NWS.NOAA.Gov/com/weatherreadynation/Wea.Html for more information!
NOAA all hazards radio is one of the best ways to receive warnings from
The National Weather Service. This nationwide network of radio stations
Broadcasts continuous weather, river and other emergency information
Direct from NWS offices and emergency officials. For more information,
Our partners in local television, radio, and print media are crucial links
In notifying and warning the public of flood threats and are an excellent
Source for the latest weather and flood information.
Safety rules... the risk from flooding can be reduced by following one
Basic rule: stay away from flood waters! Most flood deaths occur in
Automobiles. Turn around and go another way if you encounter a flooded
Roadway. The Road bed may not be intact under flood waters, and it only
Takes a few inches of moving water to sweep a vehicle away. If the vehicle
Stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground. Be especially cautious
At night when flood waters are more difficult to see.
Stay away from areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots,
Creek beds, canyons and ravines. Avoid already flooded areas, and streams
And rivers with high velocity flows. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
Children should never play around high water, fast running streams, storm
Drains or culverts. Rocks and stream banks can be slippery, and the rapidly
Flowing floodwaters can quickly carry a child or adult away.
National flood safety awareness week continues on Tuesday with turn around
Don't drown (tadd).