Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Advises Safe Storm Cleanup

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Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Advises Safe Storm Cleanup

AUGUSTA, MAINE — Storm cleanup has begun following a Spring Nor’easter that dumped a foot or more of snow in many places and caused over 320,000 power outages statewide at the height of the storm. Maine Emergency Management Agency encourages those dealing with the storm’s aftermath to do so in a safe manner.

“Many folks are still without power today and need to be cautious while using alternate sources for heating or cooking,” said MEMA Director Pete Rogers. “Removing snow safely is also a concern.”

When removing snow, remember to take the following precautions to prevent injury:

  • Push snow instead of lifting it
  • Bend your knees to lift with your legs, not your back
  • Avoid power lines when removing snow from rooftops
  • Individuals over the age of 40, or those who are relatively inactive, should be especially careful
  • Those with heart trouble should consult a doctor to make sure it is safe to shovel
  • Avoid shoveling immediately after eating or while smoking
  • Pace yourself - shoveling can raise your heart rate and blood pressure
  • If you can, shovel soon after the storm when the snow is fresh and powdery
  • Pick up small amounts at a time
  • Dress warmly and limit exposure to your nose, ears, hands, and feet
  • Take frequent breaks
  • If you feel tightness in your chest, stop immediately. Stop before you reach the point of exhaustion

Snow blower safety:

  • If the blower jams, turn it off
  • Keep your hands away from the moving parts
  • Avoid using the snow blower while consuming alcohol
  • Avoid running a snow blower in an enclosed space to prevent Carbon Monoxide poisoning
  • Never refuel while the snow blower is running

If alternative power or heat sources are needed, residents are reminded to ensure the equipment is in proper working condition, properly installed, and that you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Warming and Charging Centers operated by local municipalities and organizations are open in communities across Maine. Please visit MEMA’s website to find a location near you: You may also dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695) or text your zip code to 898-211 for a list of locations, or contact your local town office, fire, or police department.

After power and other utilities have been restored, you might face the issue of what to do with storm-damaged trees. Maine Forest Service offers tips and helpful guidance for those faced with questions about what to do with downed trees, limbs, and branches.

Motorists are reminded to move over for plow trucks, emergency vehicles, disabled vehicles, and utility bucket trucks. Preparedness and safety information can be found on MEMA’s Facebook, X, and Nextdoor platforms, or visit