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Governor Proclaims September “Preparedness Month” in Maine


September 5, 2007


AUGUSTA, MAINE -- Governor John E. Baldacci has proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Maine. September is also National Preparedness Month, and Maine will take advantage of this national focus on disaster preparedness with many events and activities across the State.

“Maine people help each other through disasters,” Governor Baldacci said. “That was evident during the Patriot’s Day storm and the disaster in Bethel in July. But we can all take simple steps as individuals and business owners to learn more, and do more to be disaster resilient.”

This Saturday and Sunday, September 8th and 9th, a special newspaper insert will be carried in all weekend newspapers, with numerous articles and helpful hints on emergency preparedness. 300,000 copies of this special insert will be delivered and available to Mainers this weekend.

The Governor noted additional activities that will be taking place during September in Maine:

  • September 11: “Day of Remembrance” Blood Drive and preparedness education event at the Augusta Armory, sponsored by the American Red Cross and the Boston Red Sox
  • September 18 through 21: Special training events at the Maine Emergency Management Agency in Augusta, including members of the emergency management community, voluntary agencies, and industry
  • Throughout the month, local safety and preparedness fairs at many locations across the state, sponsored by County and Local emergency management and voluntary agencies.

A full schedule of September events can be found on MEMA’s “Maine Prepares” web site at Fact sheets and daily safety tips are always available on this site as well.

“Every day, our first responders and emergency managers are working to be better at their jobs, and they’ve had a lot of practice with real disasters this year,” MEMA Director Rob McAleer said, “But when an emergency occurs, the first person in our homes or businesses is you or me. As citizens we can help ourselves and each other to weather the storm. Pull out the special “Maine Prepares” insert in the weekend newspaper, and visit to get started.”



Lynette Miller


Last update: 07/20/10