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Vt. Emergency Management staging in critical areas

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At the state's emergency command center, 24-hour monitoring of Sandy continues.

"There is a great deal of anxiety in the state because of Irene and the best way we can respond to that anxiety level as a state is to be prepared," said Vt. Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn.

Flynn said resources are going where the superstorm is expected to hit hard, like Rutland and the Northeast Kingdom, with wind and possible flooding in Southern Vermont.  

All state troopers are on duty or stand by.  Swiftwater rescue teams are in place in Manchester and Hartford.   And the Governor declared a state of emergency so the National Guard can be called in to help if needed.

Reporter Kristin Carlson: Looking back to Irene did you feel as ready as you do right now for Sandy?

Keith Flynn: A different kind of ready because we are looking at different incidents... We've been a little more aggressive in some areas I think we are ready.

Flynn said more aggressive in communicating with the public and local officials about the dangers.  He talks regularly with the state's mayors.  "At this point we feel we are adequately prepared," he said.

Transportation Secretary Brian Searles is also watching Sandy, as cameras monitor road conditions. "We are looking at I-91 near the Guilford Welcome Center.

Reporter Kristin Carlson: How prepared do you feel for Sandy?

Brian Searles: I feel we are well prepared at this point.

Searles said 540 transportation employees are ready to go.  The first call for a downed tree came around 11a.m. on Route 7A in Shaftsbury. "Trucks are fueled, chainsaws are ready, We see our role at this point as we keep the system open for emergency vehicles and power crews," he said.

The state --- hoping for the best, but also hoping they are ready for the worst, and that so are you.

Reporter Kristin Carlson: What would you say to someone today who still isn't prepared?

Keith Flynn: Time to get going.



In case of an emergency: 9-1-1

If there is damage to your home, if you see road damage, or if you need any resources: contact your town.

For shelter information, evacuation information, and other disaster resources: 2-1-1

Road Closures: 5-1-1 or www.511vt.com

If you see a downed power line: contact your local utility

VEM Web Site: http://vem.vermont.gov

For more preparedness tips visit: http://vem.vermont.gov/preparedness.

Weather Forecast: www.weather.gov/btv or http://www.erh.noaa.gov/aly/

Vermont Emergency Management on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vermontemergencymanagement


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