Maine Prepares ... for Winter


state house after ice storm

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

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 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."