posted at 3:30 pm Tue Feb 20th, 2018 by WherezIt Admin (admin2)
The New Hampshire / Vermont region of the American Red Cross is deploying Red Cross workers to open evacuation centers for people who may be asked to evacuate their homes in Swanton and Johnson, Vermont. No evacuation has been called at this time.
Ice jams, rain and higher than normal temperatures are creating the possibility of flooding in the area. Working with local authorities, the Red Cross will be opening two evacuation centers in case evacuations occur. These centers are in the same locations that were open when flooding affected these towns just over a month ago.
Evacuation center information for Swanton, VT is as follows: Missisquoi Valley Union High School, 175 Thunderbird Dr, Swanton, VT 05488
Evacuation center information for Johnson, VT is as follows: Johnson State College, 337 College Hill Rd, Johnson, VT 05656
No evacuations are currently being executed in these communities, but the Red Cross is monitoring these areas and creating contingency plans as events progress.
WHAT TO DO NEXT If travel is dangerous in your area, travel is not suggested. If you can prepare, people living in the affected areas should:
-Fill your car's gas tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued.
-Be ready to evacuate quickly and know your routes and destinations
-Check emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply. Keep it nearby
-Never drive through flood waters - turn around and go the other way
-Keep children away from flood waters
-Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates
WHAT TO BRING TO A SHELTER The Red Cross encourages those who plan to stay in a Red Cross evacuation shelter to bring the following items for each member of their family:
-prescription and emergency medication
-medical equipment such as a wheelchair/walker, oxygen, etc.
-blankets and sleeping bags
-flashlight with extra batteries
-phone and equipment chargers
-small board games
-books for entertainment
-specialty snacks and juices for those with dietary restrictions
-baby food and formula
-beach chair or camp chair
-other comfort items
Additionally, special items for children and infants, such as diapers, formulas and toys, should be brought, along with other items for family members who are elderly or disabled.
You may not bring illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, or weapons into the shelter.
Be certain to download the FREE Red Cross Shelter App for your Smart Phone, it will give you a list of all open shelters in your area.
Vermont Red Cross Executive Director Kevin Mazuzan will be returning to the Burlington area this evening by 5pm. If you'd like an interview with him for your evening news spots, please schedule with him on his cell phone at 802-503-2534.
Johnson, VT 05656 (Set as Local)
Swanton, VT 05488 (Set as Local)
Burlington, VT 05401 (Set as Local)