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Governor Stresses Storm Safety

 

January 23, 2005

 

AUGUSTA, MAINE -- Governor Baldacci stated today that, “Although we are not bearing the major brunt of this current storm as our neighbors in Massachusetts are, it is still an extremely dangerous storm for residents of coastal and south-central Maine. We are seeing blizzard conditions in many areas, with high winds, hazardous wind chills, blowing and drifting snow and low visibility.”

“Today is a day to stay home, “ Baldacci said. “Unless you have a family or other emergency, you can best ensure your safety by staying indoors and off the roads. You will also be helping the cleanup efforts. It’s much easier for plow crews to keep roads open if there is minimal traffic.”

  • Stay tuned to your radio, television, or weather radio, and take official forecasts seriously.
  • Stay off the roads! It’s safer for you and leaves the roads clear for emergency vehicles.
  • If you must drive, take along a winter car kit that includes snack food, water, and extra warm clothes as well as a shovel, sand, chains and a cellular telephone if available. Be sure you tell someone your destination, route, and expected time of arrival. Then notify them when you arrive.
  • Turn on your headlights, on low beam. Help other drivers see you! And watch out for “the other guy”
  • If you are trapped in your car, pull off the highway, turn on your hazard lights, and hang a distress flag from the radio aerial or window. Remain in your vehicle where rescuers are most likely to find you. Run the engine and heater about 10 minutes each hour to keep warm, opening the window slightly for ventilation when the engine is running.
  • As you prepare to do your own cleanup, Pace yourself while shoveling snow. Don’t overtax yourself especially if you have an existing health condition that puts you at greater risk.
  • Wear several layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Remember mittens are warmer than gloves and be sure to wear a hat. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs. And watch for signs of frostbite in your fingers, toes, ear lobes or the tip of the nose. Also watch for signs of hypothermia such as uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, slurred speech or drowsiness. Call for medical help in either situation.

“Please take the National Weather Service Warnings seriously. This is a dangerous storm. Stay off the roads today and tonight. Keep your family warm and think about your neighbors. Use generators and heaters safely. I know that Maine people will help each other through this storm,” the Governor concluded.

Get road condition information by dialing 511, or on the Internet at www.511maine.gov. Further safety information is always available at www.maine.gov/mema under Winter Safety and Preparedness.

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