Just more than a year after Tropical Storm Irene battered Vermont, forecasters say another - potentially bigger - storm is brewing.
Hurricane Sandy could make landfall in the Northeast late Monday or Tuesday.
Models are likely to change between now and then - but official responses in Vermont have already begun.
"We had a rep from the weather service here today to do a power point for us to just sort of go through the range of scenarios," said Mark Bosma with Vermont Emergency Management.
Bosma and his co-workers are meeting daily with forecasters. They've also been in contact with every town in the state. "The contact right now has been weather updates and as the week goes on, we plan to actually have conference calls with emergency management directors," said Bosma.
Should the storm strike as forecast, the most important communication is likely to be from towns to the state. Irene tested and strengthened those lines of communication, and reinforced their importance.
"A lot of people are still nervous from Irene, including myself," said Alec Tuscany, the director of Public Works in Waterbury. Tuscany says he reached out to department heads, to make sure the town will have water, power, and a plan. "I believe we're better prepared, but you just don't know what's going to happen," cautioned Tuscany.
State and local officials say they are doing more to communicate with the public because individuals can play the biggest role in preventing catastrophe. "We always encourage the public to be ready for anything," advised Bosma,
Residents should consider buying extra food, water, and batteries -- supplies that won't be wasted even if the Hurricane changes direction.
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