Maine State Agencies Kick Off National Preparedness Month with School Safety and Security Campaign


September 5, 2018


AUGUSTA, MAINE September is National Preparedness Month and Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is launching a state-wide School Safety and Security Campaign in collaboration with the Maine Department of Education, Maine State Police, the State Fire Marshall's Office and the Department of Health and Human Services.

"The overall goal of National Preparedness Month is to increase the number of individuals, families and communities that engage in preparedness actions," said MEMA Director Suzanne Krauss. "But we also wanted to focus on school safety and security this year in light of the many school violence incidents or threats in the past year."

Throughout the 2018-2019 school year, these agencies will provide tips and resource information to Maine schools, law enforcement, first responders and media to help provide some guidance for identifying signs and preventing school violence.

"There is nothing more important than the safety of our children and those committed to teaching them," said Krauss.

Monthly topics will include the following;

  • September: See Something Say Something, suspicious activity reporting

  • October: Transportation safety

  • November: Code compliant door locks

  • December: Emergency Operations Planning

  • January: Family reunification

  • February: Accommodating those with access and functional needs

  • March: Fire alarm protocols

  • April: Crisis communication

  • May: Emotional healing after crisis

  • June: Bomb threat reporting

As part of National Preparedness Month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) on September 20 at 2:18 p.m. This is the fourth EAS nationwide test and the first national WEA test. Cell phone users will receive the message "This IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No Action is needed."

Preparedness Month in Maine will also feature the following weekly themes.

Week 1:

Make and Practice Your Plan

  • Make an Emergency Plan

  • Sign up for alerts and warnings in your area

  • Learn your evacuation zone and have an evacuation plan

  • Check your insurance coverage

  • Plan financially for the possibility of a disaster

Week 2:

Learn Life-saving Skills

  • Learn the skills you need to help yourself and others until help can arrive

  • Take "Until Help Arrives" training available at

  • Check on your neighbors

  • Talk with your Power Company about utility safety

  • On the National Preparathon Day of Action, September, 15, hold an event

Week 3:

Check Your Insurance Coverage

  • Insurance is the first line of defense; check your insurance coverage to ensure you are adequately covered.

  • Consider adding flood insurance, which allows families and businesses to recover more quickly and more fully. Visit to learn more about flood insurance.

  • Consider trip insurance when traveling

  • Consider renter's insurance if you live in an apartment

Week 4:

Make a Financial Plan

  • Complete an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit

  • Maintain emergency savings for use in case of an emergency

  • Participate in an emergency drill

  • Know how to access community resources such as shelters and food banks

Daily preparedness information will be available at and on Citizens are encouraged to share their preparedness stories with MEMA on social media. Additional information about preparedness is available at

MEMA is a state Emergency Management Agency. Its Mission is to lessen the effects of disaster on the lives and property of the people of Maine through leadership, coordination and support in the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. MEMA works with FEMA as well the 16 county Emergency Management Agencies across the state of Maine and many other agencies to help them prepare for and manage disasters.



Susan Faloon