WATERBURY, Vt. - As the freezing rain moves in people are gearing up for
What should you do if you lose power? Well officials say being prepared is the first step to staying warm and safe.
“If you live in Vermont you always have to be ready,” said Ruth Haskins, who lives in Duxbury, VT.
While she has the essentials at home, Haskins made sure to pick up a few extra items at the store in advance of the weekend weather.
“You get all the necessities, you know the milk, the tissue, the toilet paper- you don't want to run out of that when there’s a storm,” said Haskins.
Planning ahead is an important part of weathering the storm.
“It’s better to have a plan and not need it then be scrambling when they don't have a plan,” said Mark Bosma, PIO with the Vermont Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
Bosma says others should follow Haskins’ lead; pick up the necessities before bad weather hits.
“Extra food and water on hand, a battery powered radio, a flashlight, extra batteries. Just basic items that you'll need should you get cut off from the outside world and lose power for a couple of days,” said Bosma.
If you lose power Bosma says stick to traditional heating methods light a fire in the fire place or use a generator--outside of course.
“Don't try to improvise by lighting a grill inside or anything like that,” said Bosma.
But if the power is out for an extended period of time Bosma says the state teams up with the Red Cross to open what they call 'Warming Shelters'
“211 is a good resource, both before and during an incident. you can call them and they can tell you if there is an identified shelter in your town,” said Bosma.
If the weather is really bad, find a comfortable spot indoors and wait for the storm to pass.
“We're just going to sit back and hope we don't lose power, because then my husband can't watch the television you know,” said Haskins.
Bosma also encourages everyone to check on neighbors during a storm especially the elderly or those who need a little extra assistance; to make sure they have all the supplies they need and are staying warm.