Emergency Information: Tips for Staying Informed
The most important resource in any emergency is ... information
Before the emergency, set up your information sources:
- Check with your community and find out how they notify residents of local emergency situations.
- Sign up for any local alerting programs, or MEMA's subscription service for emergency news and weather alerts. Local programs may send text messages or make automated phone calls. MEMA's service sends e-mails and text messages.
- Add a NOAA Weather Radio to your emergency kit or camping and hiking supplies.
- Pay attention to your favorite weather forecaster, or check weather forecasts regularly to get the latest information on severe weather.
- If you have Internet access, "bookmark" the MEMA website, or Maine Prepares website. All emergency message, as well as weather alerts and important safety tips, will be listed there. Also locate and bookmark other information sources such as newspaper and television, National Weather Service or local websites.
- Find your local fire department, town government, MEMA (MaineEMA), County EMA or National Weather Service Forecast office in Gray or Caribou on Facebook.
- Or follow any of these on Twitter.
During the emergency, stay informed:
- Pay close attention to local news, especially to emergency instructions.
- Dial 2-1-1 (2-1-1 Maine) toll free, or visit the 2-1-1 Maine website to learn about any important safety messages, or whether an emergency shelter is open in your area.
- If you maintain Internet access, "stay tuned" to all the web sites you identified.
- If you follow social media on your phone or table, stay plugged in to reliable sources.
- Help family and friends by sharing accurate information (check below) that they might not have heard.
Always be sure of your information:
- Make sure you listen to the whole story on the radio or television to make sure you have correct information.
- Be careful to check out information you hear from others before acting on it or passing it on. Check facts with local officials, or call 2-1-1 Maine.
And, since the best defense is a good offense:
- Talk to local officials about the kinds of emergencies that are possible in your area, and about their emergency plans.
- Visit Maine Prepares to begin planning with your family, school or workplace to "weather the storm."
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