State Emergency Operations Center Open to Assist with Wind Storm Recovery

WATERBURY, VT – The Vermont State Emergency Operations Center has been activated to assist towns, utilities, and others in storm recovery. Representatives from state agencies, the Vermont National Guard, Red Cross, Green Mountain Power, and others are staffing the EOC and will continue into the night.

“The state is working to provide resources to towns and our utility partners,” Governor Phil Scott said. “About a third of Vermont customers are without power right now and several roads are blocked by trees and debris.  I encourage everyone to be safe and listen to state and local responders as we work to address damage and restore services throughout the state.”

More than 70,000 customers are or have been without electrical service from last night into this morning. Utilities note that some customers could be out for several days.  For updated outage information visit www.vtoutages.com.  

Those who need shelter due to access issues or extended power outages should call 2-1-1.

The state and several communities have closed roads this morning due to downed trees and debris. Motorists are encouraged to respect all detours and heed warnings of state and local officials.

Vermonters are encouraged to heed the below advice in high winds and during power outages:

  • If you are without power and using a generator – NEVER run it indoors, that includes the garage. Use the generator outside and away from the house, far from vents and windows.  Exhaust from generators and other motors can cause carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning which can be fatal.
  • Never touch or come in contact with a downed power line.  Treat all power lines as live wires that can electrocute, causing serious injury or death.
  • When clearing debris, ensure branches are not in contact with a power line.  Trees and other items conduct electricity and can cause electrocution.
  • Ensure you have batteries for flashlights and battery powered radios on hand.  A battery charger for your cell phone can also ensure you can stay connected.
  • Ensure your home has working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Respect detours on the roads, never drive over a downed power line.
  • If you have medical equipment that relies on electricity, or medication that must be refrigerated, call 2-1-1 or your local town office

As of midday Monday, eight Vermont farms reported extensive damage. It’s likely many more farms are impacted by the storm. Dairy farms are using generators to milk cows because of outages.

Other potential issues for Vermont agriculture will likely be:

  • Pet sheltering for evacuated owners
  • Inability for farmers to milk cattle if they do not have generators
  • Inability for co-op trucks to get to farms to pick up milk
  • Wind damage to greenhouses and hoop houses

If you have specific questions about agriculture, need assistance or want to report damage, please call the Agency at 802-828-2430 or email AGR.Helpdesk@vermont.gov.