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MAINE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
From the Director: December. It’s Cold
December 14, 2009
Last month I wrote about getting ready for winter. Now it’s here. It stays dark later in the morning, and gets dark earlier in the afternoon. And it’s cold.
This winter, like any other, we have to be prepared for the worst that Nature throws at us. Last December, a major ice storm paralyzed the southern part of our state. As bad as it was for us, it was many times worse for our neighbors in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. And, we have already experienced what could easily have been a serious Nor’easter.
For us, the measuring stick for winter storms remains the January Ice Storm of 1998. But just two winters ago, record snows capped off with an April blizzard pounded Aroostook County, exhausting the financial resources – and patience – of even those stalwart folks.
All those preparations I talked about last month are important to remember this December as we head into the heart of winter. And, there is a wealth of preparedness and safety information at MainePrepares. As always, when the cold winds blow, it is most important that we make sure the most vulnerable among us can stay safe and warm.
For all of us:
Ice storms? Tough economic times? The H1N1 flu? This could be a tough winter. If we do some thinking and preparing ahead of time, and if we all look out for each other, we can handle whatever Mother Nature throws our way. And spring will be here sooner than we think.
Please, contact me, and let me know your thoughts.
Rob McAleer, Director, Maine Emergency Management Agency
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