MAINE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
FACT SHEET: Progress Continues in Ice Storm Response
December 16, 2008
AUGUSTA, MAINE -- The response to last week’s ice storm continues in York County, where significant outages remain.
- Central Maine Power reports under 16,000 accounts remain out of power, virtually all in York County.
- CMP has nearly 600 lineworkers and arborists at work in York County and expects to restore to all York County customers by late Wednesday night.
- 10 shelters or warming centers remain open at this time, all in York County.
- Mainers are encouraged to call 211 for the latest shelter status and other health and safety referrals
- President Bush has issued a limited Emergency Declaration for Maine to help the State with remaining response needs
- This is a LIMITED declaration which at this point does NOT include direct assistance for individuals, or reimbursement for community costs
- It DOES include Direct Federal Assistance, which could include assets available to municipalities or public utilities such as generators, shelter supplies, and other technical or direct assistance from Federal agencies as needed to protect public health and safety in the response phase.
- At this time, Maine has not needed to access this assistance but the Declaration makes such supplies or technical assistance immediately available if needed.
- Maine towns, counties and state agencies are gathering their response costs, and information on the impact to their businesses and residents, as a first step to determining what additional federal recovery assistance might be available.
- Maine’s Bureau of Insurance is advising Mainers to contact their insurance agents immediately about possible claims. Document all claims, keep all receipts for costs incurred, and photograph damages if possible. More information is available from the Maine Bureau of Insurance
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.
- 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.
- With some snow moving in for Wednesday, it will be important for those driving to work and school continue to be vigilant about treacherous road conditions. Commuters should be aware that tree crews and line crews are still working and every care should be taken to stay clear of work areas.
Important phone numbers and web sites:
Storm Safety Fact Sheets from Maine Prepares:
More safety information is available at http://www.maine.gov/mema and http://www.maineprepares.com