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Time to “Think Preparedness” as Tropical System to Brush Maine


September 5, 2008

3:30 PM


As the remnants of Tropical Storm Hanna brush Maine this weekend, and two more tropical systems are active in the Atlantic, it is a good time for families, businesses and communities to assess emergency preparedness.

The Maine Emergency Management Agency has been in close touch with the National Weather Service for several days, and today conducted a conference call with forecasters and county and state emergency managers and responders.

“According to the National Weather Service, we will receive some heavy rains from Tropical Storm Hanna Saturday night into Sunday, and some localized flooding is possible, especially along the coast“ says Rob McAleer, MEMA Director. “The biggest threat to safety will be the potential urban and street flooding. We urge everyone to pay close attention to weather warnings, and stay away from any flooded roadways, or fast-running streams.”

Even though it appears the effects of Hanna will not be severe in Maine, McAleer says this is a good time for Mainers to think about how well they are prepared to weather a damaging storm. He recommends that all Mainers:
* Stay informed of hazardous weather, especially during this active hurricane season, and what the dangers could be to their homes or businesses * Keep disaster supplies on hand, and be prepared to evacuate if need be * Make sure to take unique medical or other needs of family members into account in emergency planning, * Remember to make arrangements to keep pets and livestock safe. * Heed all warnings from local officials, whether it is advice to evacuate, or barricades placed to block flooded roads.

“Hurricane season isn’t over, “ McAleer said. “There are two more storms lined up in the Atlantic, and it’s been a very active season. It’s the job of each of us to stay aware of severe weather, act responsibly, and keep our families safe during a major storm. “

Information on preparing for all emergencies can be found at Maine Prepares:



Lynette Miller


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