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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
500 AM EDT TUE OCT 31 2017

...WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK ACROSS NEW ENGLAND AND NEW YORK... 
...TODAYS TOPIC...WINTER DRIVING SAFETY... 

ALL OF THE NEW ENGLAND STATES AS WELL AS THE STATE OF NEW YORK...
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES IN THESE
RESPECTIVE STATES...HAVE DESIGNATED THIS WEEK AS WINTER WEATHER
AWARENESS WEEK.

IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO...NOW IS THE TIME TO GET YOURSELF
AND YOUR PROPERTY PREPARED FOR THE WINTER SEASON.

LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RECOMMENDS
CURTAILING ALL UNNECESSARY TRAVEL DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER.

DRIVING CONDITIONS CAN BECOME TREACHEROUS DURING THE WINTER MONTHS
WITH ABOUT 70 PERCENT OF ALL WINTER TIME DEATHS DUE TO TRAFFIC
ACCIDENTS ON SLIPPERY ROADS. WHEN THE AMOUNT OF SNOW OR ICE IS
PARTICULARLY HEAVY OR FALLS IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME...ROADS MAY
BE IMPASSABLE AND CLOSED TO TRAFFIC. HOWEVER...EVEN THE SLIGHTEST
AMOUNT OF SNOW OR FREEZING RAIN ON A PREVIOUSLY BARE ROAD CAN MAKE
FOR EXTREME TREACHEROUS TRAVEL.

IF YOU DO VENTURE OUT...MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THE CONDITIONS OF THE
ROADWAYS BEFORE YOU TRAVEL. ALWAYS DRIVE DEFENSIVELY AND CAUTIOUSLY.
MAINTAIN A SLOW AND STEADY SPEED...AVOIDING SUDDEN STOPS AND STARTS.
KEEP ALERT AND BE PREPARED TO HANDLE THE UNEXPECTED.

KEEP A WINTER STORM KIT IN THE TRUNK OF YOUR CAR IN CASE YOU GET
STRANDED. SOME SUPPLIES YOU MAY WANT TO INCLUDE ARE BLANKETS...
NON-PERISHABLE FOODS LIKE NUTS...PROTEIN...HEALTH OR CANDY BARS... 
FLARES...A SHOVEL...A BAG OF SAND...TIRE CHAINS...A FLASHLIGHT... 
WINDSHIELD SCRAPER...BOOSTER CABLES... PORTABLE CAR JUMP STARTER.

IF YOU DO GET STRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE AND DO NOT VENTURE
OUTSIDE INTO THE ELEMENTS. BY HAVING A WINTER SAFETY KIT...YOU WILL
HAVE ADEQUATE SUPPLIES WHILE AWAITING ASSISTANCE. ALSO...RUN THE
MOTOR EVERY 10 MINUTES EACH HOUR FOR HEAT...BUT MAKE SURE THAT THE
EXHAUST PIPE IS NOT BLOCKED. OPEN THE WINDOW SLIGHTLY TO AVOID
CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING. MAKE YOURSELF VISIBLE WITH FLARES OR
LIGHTS. KEEP MOVING YOUR ARMS AND LEGS TO KEEP YOUR BLOOD
CIRCULATING AND TO STAY WARM.

LOCAL AND STATE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS ARE OUT IN FORCE WHEN WINTER
PRECIPITATION ARRIVES IN AN EFFORT TO MAKE YOUR JOURNEY A SAFER ONE.
YOU CAN HELP BY BEING PREPARED AND STAYING OFF THE ROADS UNLESS
TRAVELING IS ESSENTIAL.

STAY INFORMED BY LISTENING TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS AND
OTHER WEATHER SOURCES. IF YOU HAVE INTERNET CAPABILITIES...CHECK
WEATHER.GOV...THEN CLICK ON VERMONT.


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