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Hurricane Season Still With Us: Review Preparedness Plans
September 15, 2005
AUGUSTA, MAINE – Governor John Baldacci and the Maine Emergency Management Agency today urged Mainers to monitor the progress of Hurricane Ophelia, and take time to review their personal emergency plans. “The National Weather Service tells us that New England could see high winds, high surf and rain from Ophelia,” the Governor said. “The track has been very uncertain, so we are paying very close attention to it.” Current forecasts show Ophelia’s effects could be felt in New England this weekend.
MEMA Director Art Cleaves said that state, county and local emergency officials were reviewing their preparations carefully even before Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf States, because this was forecast to be an active hurricane season. “We know that Maine is not at the same risk of strong hurricanes that southern states are. But we don’t need to get the full force of a tropical system to get wind damage, storm surges, inland flooding and even tornadoes.” Cleaves added that Portland and South Portland recently held a joint hurricane exercise to make sure their preparedness plans were in order. “That’s the level of professionalism and preparation that we are seeing,” he said.
Simple preparedness steps for families will pay off in any emergency, Cleaves noted. Mainers should pay attention to weather forecasts and then stay aware of any special instructions local officials may issue.
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