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Governor Baldacci Proclaims September as Preparedness Month


September 9, 2008


AUGUSTA – Governor John E. Baldacci visited the Maine Emergency Management Agency today to kickoff National Preparedness Month. MEMA is sponsoring several activities throughout the day in conjunction with Preparedness Month in the State of Maine.

“This has been an eventful year already, with flooding up north this spring, nearly $3 million in road damage just last month, and a near miss from a hurricane last weekend,” Governor Baldacci said. “As we designate September as Preparedness Month in Maine, we know that being prepared for emergencies is a year-round commitment to take care of ourselves and our neighbors.”

In addition to the kickoff ceremony with Governor Baldacci, MEMA’s activities for the rest of the day are scheduled to include displays of emergency supplies, disaster kits and shelters at MEMA headquarters.

On September 11, The American Red Cross, Boston Red Sox and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are joining together for the 6th Annual September 11th Day of Remembrance Blood Drives throughout New England. Maine’s Day of Remembrance Blood Drive will be held at the Augusta Armory, 179 Western Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is a featured event in Maine’s observation of Preparedness Month.

The text of the Preparedness Month proclamation issued by Governor Baldacci follows:

WHEREAS, throughout Maine’s history, disasters have caused millions of dollars of damage, and have taken lives in the State of Maine; and

WHEREAS, this year has brought high winds, record snowfall, flooding, widespread power outages and damages to roads, utilities, homes, businesses and farms in Maine; and

WHEREAS, the destruction in the wake of hurricanes, floods and tornadoes in our sister States reminds us that emergency preparedness in the home, in businesses and in communities saves lives and protects property; and

WHEREAS, the understanding of all possible threats, and the development of appropriate plans and mitigation measures is vital to the disaster resiliency of our state, its people, its communities and its economy; and

WHEREAS, US Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and many nationwide partners have proclaimed the month of September, 2008 as National Preparedness Month to raise public awareness about the importance of preparing for all types of disaster and to encourage Americans to take action to prepare for disasters and emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools; and

WHEREAS, the Maine Emergency Management Agency will be sharing educational messages and conducting programs and training on emergency preparedness throughout the month of September; and

WHEREAS, throughout the month, American Red Cross chapters in Maine will plan special outreach and activities to help their communities get “Red Cross Ready” for disasters and other emergencies by taking three simple steps: 1) Get a Kit, 2) Make a Plan, 3) Be informed,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOHN E. BALDACCI, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby proclaim September, 2008 as


throughout the State of Maine, and urge all residents, businesses, government agencies, and civic organizations in the state to learn about the potential for disasters in Maine, learn how to stay safe, and make sure their emergency plans are in place.



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