National Preparedness Month Continues with a focus on Family and Community Preparedness


September 6, 2016


Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) reminds citizens of the importance of preparing a family emergency communication plan and collecting important information such as all phone numbers, email, social media contact information, medical and school contact information and records.

Think about the following when preparing a plan:

  • How will my family get alerts and warnings in case of an emergency?

  • How will they get to a safe location?

  • Where is your emergency meeting spot?

  • How will my family get in touch if cell phones, internet, or landlines don’t work?

  • How will loved ones know you’re safe?

Tailor your plan to the community in which you live and the hazards you may face:

  • What are the hazards?

  • What is the community plan for sheltering and evacuation?

  • Are there preparedness education programs?

  • Does my community have a plan? If so, can I get a copy? Is it updated? What should I know about it?

  • Does my workplace and child’s school have a plan?

Evacuating you and your family:

  • Evacuations are more common than people think

  • Fires and floods are the most frequent cause

  • Transportation and industrial accidents can also release harmful substances, forcing people from their homes

  • Some evacuations are mandatory, some voluntary - tune into local media for info

  • Subscribe to citizen alerts on

  • Where will you meet?

  • Keep your car filled with gas

  • Become familiar with several routes in case one is closed

  • Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather

  • Use the recommended route-don’t drive through flooded roads

  • Take your emergency kit

  • Take your pets, and bring emergency supplies for them, including a leash and kennel

Neighborhoods, condos and apartments:

  • Talk to your neighbors and work together

  • Does anyone have specialized equipment? (generators, etc)

  • Does anyone have medical training?

  • Who will check on the elderly?

  • Who will care for your children if you can’t make it home?

  • Sharing plans in advance is a good strategy.

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