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Governor Reports on Hurricane Katrina Response

 

September 3, 2005

 

AUGUSTA, MAINE — Governor John Baldacci today praised Maine people for their generosity in offering assistance to hurricane victims. In a briefing at the State Emergency Operations Center, the Governor outlined the public and private resources already dispatched, or ready to be deployed to the Gulf States:

Deployed from Maine:

  • Red Cross and Salvation Army personnel and equipment
  • Fuel truck and drivers from the Department of Conservation
  • 2 Town of York firefighters
  • Maine members of Regional Urban Search and Rescue Team and Disaster Medical Assistance Team
In process:
  • Maine State Troopers as part of NESPAC Team
  • 2 Kennebunkport Police Officers with Cruiser
  • Mobile Kitchen: Maine Army National Guard
Available:
  • Housing: Homes offered by citizens and Manufactured homes
  • 10 Member Incident Management Team (Department of Conservation)
  • 13 Member Security Team (Maine Air National Guard)
  • 2 25-Member Paramedic Teams
  • Public Health Resources
  • 30 Firefighter/EMTs (Portland, South Portland and Bangor)
  • 4 Deputies (Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department)
  • Counseling Resources

MEMA has assembled a 360-person data base of Maine people with various skills, and is tracking the resources of Maine Volunteer agencies

Governor Baldacci stressed that the response will continue for weeks and months. “I’m asking that Maine people continue to support relief agencies with their monetary donations. This is still the best way to assist the response.”

The Governor said that many Mainers had offered housing to displaced families from the disaster area. There is no firm information yet on whether families would travel to Maine, but the Governor praised the generosity of Maine people in offering a safe haven for displaced families. “This shows what Maine is all about,” Baldacci said. The state web site (http://www.maine.gov) offers a way for Mainers to register availability of housing.

The Governor concluded by asking Mainers to stay informed about the Hurricane response, but also to spend time with their families. “Stay strong, because our neighbors need us,” the Governor said.

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Last update: 07/20/10