Maine Prepares ... for Winter
Remembering the Ice Storm of 1998 reminds us of how violent winter in Maine can be. MEMA photo by Gene Maxim.
Winter in Maine is beautiful, but sometimes cruel.
As we prepare for winter storms and chills, remember that fall and winter can also bring violent coastal storms, unexpected thaws and flooding as well as snow and ice. But "If winter comes, can spring be far behind?"
A big part of preparing for winter in Maine has to do with making sure our homes are weather-tight, and helping those who need it to access heating assistance. We've provided some energy-saving and weatherization resources in our list of "more information"
Hazards of the Season
- Alternative Heat Source Safety
- Carbon Monoxide Safety in Power Outages
- Chain Saw Safety
- Christmas Tree Safety
- Mold: Clean-up
- Mold: Questions and Answers
- NOAA Weather Radio
- Prevent Assault, Robbery and Car-Break-ins During the Holidays
- Preventing or Thawing Frozen Water Pipes
- Winter Safety: If Stranded with your Vehicle
- Winter Safety: Preventing Hypothermia
- Winter Safety: Removing Snow from Roofs
- Winter Safety: Safe Snow Removal
- Winter Safety: Wood Burning and Lung Health
- Winter Storms: Watch, Warning and Advisory Criteria
- Winter: Your Car's Preparedness Kit
For More Information
- American Red Cross: Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes
- Information and suggestions around how to prevent water pipes in the home from freezing, and how to thaw them if they do freeze.
- CMP: Generator Safety Tips
- Tips to make sure your generator is a help to you in an extended power outage, not a danger.
- EfficiencyMaine: Energy and Money-Saving Tips
- A number of low- and no-cost tips to lower your energy consumption and energy costs, especially in the winter.
- FEMA's Ready.gov: Ready KIds Winter Storms/Extreme Cold
- Quick tips on getting through any winter weather. And new vocabulary too!
- Maine CDC:Carbon Monoxide Safety
- Carbon monoxide kills. Learn how to stay safe.
- MaineHousing: Weatherization Resources
- MaineHousing’s Weatherization Program provides grants to low-income homeowners and renters to reduce energy costs by improving home energy efficiency.
- NWS: Winter Safety
- Learn how to stay safe in a winter storm or in abnormally cold weather. Find winter alerts, science and hazards, snow coverage maps and information describing the different types of winter storms as well as how to deal with extreme cold. You'll also find a broad array of educational materials.
- Severe Witer Storms
- Forecasts and statements from the Natiobal Weather Service
- Winter Driving Tips
- Winter Tips A Baker's Dozen (and Then Some) from National Public Radio's "Car Talk."