Put Safety First as Northeaster Heads for Maine
November 2, 2007
AUGUSTA, MAINE -- The Maine Emergency Management Agency urges Mainers to pay close attention to weather forecasts and to safety as Hurricane Noel turns into a northeaster affecting Maine. The National Weather Service is forecasting high winds and locally heavy rain amounts on Saturday, especially in coastal sections and downeast Maine.
“We know how to deal with coastal storms in Maine, and our towns are well prepared,” says MEMA Director Rob McAleer. “But there are many things we can do as families to make sure we weather the storm safely.”
- Before the storm hits, clean out ditches, culverts or gutters that may be blocked with fallen leaves.
- Check your emergency supplies to make sure you are ready for a power outage. Check your battery operated flashlights and radios, and food and water supplies.
- Check on family and friends who may not be as well prepared, to see if they need anything.
- Locally heavy rains could cause flash flooding or street flooding. Avoid all flooded roadways. If a road is barricaded, take an alternate route. If you come upon a road that is flooded and not marked, please notify local officials.
If power goes out:
- Run your generator OUTDOORS ONLY, well away from house and garage. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result if generators are used in or near basements or garages. Carbon monoxide is odorless and tasteless and can cause coma or death.
- Operate charcoal or propane grills OUTSIDE; never use them inside. They are a deadly source of carbon monoxide.
- If you use an alternate heat source such as a kerosene heater, follow all instructions and vent it properly.
- Keep flammable items away from woodstoves or fireplaces, and monitor fires closely.
- Avoid using candles and lanterns. If you must use them, keep them away from draperies and other flammable materials, and do not leave them unattended.
- Avoid any downed power lines. Utilities warn that any downed line could be live and dangerous.
For more safety and preparedness information, visit http://www.maineprepares.com
Important contact numbers:
- For immediate emergency assistance: Call 911
- For road conditions: Call 511 or visit www.511maine.gov
- To report flooded roads or other problems: Call your local emergency management or fire department
- To report power outages: Call the emergency number for your utility