MAINE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
FACT SHEET: Hurricane Sandy Update 6:00am
October 30, 2012
Status Hurricane Sandy
AUGUSTA, MAINE –
- Central Maine Power reports approximately 78,000 accounts are without power, most of the accounts located in York County.
- Shelters - Open at the Groveville Fire Station 31 Turkey Lane, Buxton and one will open at 0800 hours at Bridgton Community Center, 15 Depot Street, Bridgton.
- Mainers are encouraged to call 211 for the latest shelter status and other health and safety referrals.
Key safety messages:
- Check on neighbors, family and friends to make sure they are staying warm and safe.
- Stay clear of downed power lines, and report them to your local electrical utility.
If you have food in refrigerators and freezers, use care in keeping it cold. Do not eat any food that you suspect may be contaminated. Throw away food that has an unusual odor, color, or texture. Throw away perishable foods (including meat, poultry, fish, eggs and leftovers) that have been above 40 degrees Fahrenheit (F) for 2 hours or more. Boiling water, when practical, is the preferred way to kill harmful bacteria and parasites. Bringing water to a rolling boil for 1 minute will kill most organisms. Boiling will not remove chemical contaminants. If you suspect or are informed that water is contaminated with chemicals, seek another source of water, such as bottled water.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a major safety concerns for those staying in their homes. Use generators and alternative heat sources carefully, in accordance with manufacturers' instructions. Run a generator OUTSIDE ONLY.
- If your power is still off, turn off major appliances (electric water heaters, refrigerators and freezers) and sensitive electronic equipment (TVs, VCRs, DVD players, computers, stereos) to prevent overloading and possible damage when power is restored. Turning off this equipment may mean that you have to unplug it, turn off the circuit breaker or remove the fuse for the circuit in your home that provides power to this equipment. Leave one light switch on so you’ll know when power has been restored.
- After your power is restored, turn on appliances and sensitive electronic equipment one at a time to avoid overloading your circuits.
- Exercise caution when using power tools, especially chain saws, in clearing fallen limbs and trees. Do not attempt to clear tree debris that is tangled with power lines; call your electric utility.
- Do not touch any downed power lines – all power lines should be treated as if they are live at all times. When clearing downed trees be sure they are not in contact with power lines as trees can conduct electricity.
- Make sure smoke & carbon monoxide alarms are working and have fresh back up batteries in them.
- Do not attempt to drive through flooded roadways. Stay away from rushing water. Turn around don’t drown.
How To Prevent CO Poisoning During Power Outages:
- Place generator outdoors in the fresh air. Keep it at least 15 feet from windows or doors. Do not put a generator in a closed or partly closed space, like a basement, cellar bulkhead, or attached garage. Carbon monoxide can build up to dangerous levels in these spaces.
- Make a plan for how to keep your generator dry and protected from rain so you are not tempted to bring it inside a garage or other enclosed structure. Generators also pose a risk of shock and electrocution, especially in wet conditions. Dry your hands before touching a generator.
- Do not use outdoor cooking devices, such as grills or camp stoves, indoors.
- Place a carbon monoxide detector that is battery powered (or has battery back-up power) outside each sleeping area. CO detectors are in most stores. Look for the UL mark with the "Single Station Carbon Monoxide Alarm" statement.
Important phone numbers and web sites:
- Urgent emergency assistance: Dial 911
- Open shelters and other safety and health information: Dial 211
- Report power outages: Your electrical utility company
- Road conditions: Dial 511 or visit 511
- More safety tips from Maine CDC
- Safety and preparedness information, and links to weather forecasts: Maine Prepares
- Status updates and news: MEMA
More safety information is available at www.maineprepares.com