Maine Government News
Maine Is Ready--For Sandy
October 29, 2012
Maine Emergency Management Agency
AUGUSTA, ME – The Maine Emergency Management Agency continues to prepare for any possible adverse effects from Hurricane Sandy. The National Weather Service reports Maine can expect to experience rain and higher than usual winds over the next 24-36 hours as the storm makes landfall along the Mid-Atlantic. Localized flooding is also possible where the rain is heaviest. A storm warning has been issued by the National Weather Service and is in effect until 6AM Tuesday for coastal regions of Stonington/Port Clyde/Penobscot Bay/Cap Elizabeth/Casco Bay. A storm warning means winds of 48 to 63 knots are either imminent or occurring.
Maine Emergency Management Agency and other state, county, and local agencies are preparing for potential downed trees and possible power outage. The state’s Emergency Operations Center will be fully staffed as of 9AM Monday morning and will remain open as long as necessary.
Maine residents should continue to prepare for adverse conditions; clear storm drains and culverts so water can drain properly and make sure anything that can fly around in high winds is secured. That includes lawn furniture, toys, or anything that could damage property or cause injury if it is caught by a wind gust.
Most importantly, if you see a downed power line, never touch it – all power lines should be treated as if they are live at all times. When clearing downed trees be sure they are not in contact with power lines as trees can conduct electricity.
If you lose power and use a generator make sure it is always run outdoors and is not blowing exhaust back into your home. Make sure smoke & carbon monoxide alarms are working and have fresh back up batteries in them.
Other Suggested Preparedness Actions For Public:
- Stay tuned to updated NWS advisories to make sure you’re aware of potential dangers (a NOAA weather radio is a great way to stay informed no matter where you are).
- Before the storm, check on your emergency supplies such as batteries, water, food and medications.
- Check on neighbors, relatives and friends who might need help getting ready for the storm, or cleaning up after it.
- Check in with family in areas where the storm might hit harder. Ensure that you know how to contact each other quickly. Text messaging is a great way to get quick “I’m okay” messages through.
- For marine interests: Recreational boaters should remain at port whereas commercial vessels should prepare for very strong winds and dangerous sea conditions.
- Respect any local access restrictions to flooded areas, beach and shoreline areas or roadways blocked by fallen trees or power lines.
- Stay away from any downed power lines and report them to your electric utility.
- If you lose power, use generators and alternate heat sources safely. Generators should only be set up outdoors, at least 15 feet away from doors and windows. MEMA joins the National Weather Service and all operational partners in urging the utmost caution as this complicated storm system brings its hazards to Maine.
For more information about disaster preparedness and safety, visit Maine Prepares.
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