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Green Mountain Power prepares for ice storm

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COLCHESTER, Vt. -

Green Mountain Power held the first of many safety briefings to prepare more than 400 contracted line workers and tree trimming crews for the weekend.

"Have a plan, know what the plan is, if there's an emergency, in regards to the work you're doing, or who's doing what, just make sure everybody's on the same page," says Sean Magoon of GMP.

"When we have contract crews come in we train them according to our safety standards, and one of the things we talk about are the difficulties of an ice storm," says Dotty Schnure of GMP.

GMP says difficulties set in when power lines are coated with ice.

"Once you get a half of inch or more of ice, that tends to cause significant problems so we're looking at that. The good news is the weather is forecasted to get warm Sunday afternoon so that will help put an end to the heavy weight on the trees," says Schnure.

As the rain continues, GMP is making sure crews are ready for the weather, always wearing hard hats and avoiding heavy traffic.

For anyone near downed power lines, GMP officials say to stay away and to avoid any trees that are down as well.

"If your house gets cold, if you don't have power for an extended period of time, be aware of the symptoms of hypothermia, and be sure to keep people warm. Particularly elderly and small children," Schnure says.

Fletcher Allen Healthcare is also preparing for the storm. There is a disaster response plan in place and additional staff will be on hand for any emergencies that may occur throughout the night.

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