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Citizen Alert System
In the event of an alert, the alert headline(s) and link will be displayed below. Click the headline for more information.
Read more about how the Alert System works, or view our list of Emergency & Disaster Resources below.
Maine.gov's Citizen Alert System has been established as a way for Maine state government to keep the public informed about events that may impact public health or safety. Information issued through the Maine.gov Citizen Alert System is provided directly from authorized state government officials.
We encourage you to check the Maine.gov home page to verify whether an urgent event is occurring and to get information about the event and any precautions or actions you should take. A special icon and text appears near the top left of the page. When an alert is in effect, the alert area will turn red, and the text next to the link will indicate an active alert.
Sign Up for Email or SMS Alerts
How to Sign Up:
Enter your email address (email notifications) or mobile number (text notifications) to begin the subscription process.
Upon Initial Setup you will be asked to:
- Confirm your email
- Select how you wish to receive your notifications (immediately, daily or weekly)
- Set a password for your profile (optional)
After completing and submitting your account settings you will be provided with a list of topics for offered for your subscription.
How to Edit Your Notification Profile:
Enter your email address (email notifications) or mobile number (text notifications) that is currently receiving notifications.
If you set a password for your profile upon initial setup, you will be prompted to enter that password to change your profile/subscription settings.
Note: If you have forgotten your password the "Forgot Password" link will allow you to enter your email and send a link so it can be reset.
From your profile page you will be able to add/remove topics or you click on the "Subscriber Preferences" link to:
- Update your subscriptions setting (including how often you receive notifications)
- Modify your password or email address
- Delete your account
Please note that if you subscribe to the text message service, your wireless provider may charge you to receive text messages on your mobile device. Contact your wireless provider if you have any questions about the fees the company may charge.
Sign up for or Edit Current Email Updates
Sign up for or Edit Current Text Updates
Receive Alerts with Twitter!
We now offer citizen alerts through Twitter, a service that allows for sending and receiving short messages using the web, instant messaging, or telephone messaging. You can view the current citizen alerts by visiting the Maine.gov Twitter page; if you sign up for a free account you can also receive the alerts via SMS on your telephone, or in your instant messaging account.
Receive Alerts using RSS
We also offer an RSS feed of citizen alerts .
Types of Alerts
Some of the types of alerts that might be issued through this system should an urgent event occur:
- Amber/Kidnapping Alerts
- Severe storm warnings/bulletins
- Statewide government office closings
- Homeland security
- Health epidemic or threat to public health
- Maine Prepares
This site from the Maine Emergency Management Agency provides helpful information for the public about preparing for a variety of emergency situations. Includes fact sheets, tips, and links to additional resources.
- Maine Homeland Security
- Maine Emergency Management Agency
- Maine Center for Disease Control
- Maine's Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
- Department of Public Safety
- Emergency Medical Services
- Traffic/road information
Federal government site for homeland security preparedness
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Bioterrorism Information
- American Red Cross
- Salvation Army
- How to Give Blood (or call 1-800-448-3543 / 1-800-272-4543)
- Coping with Disaster-Related Anxiety and Loss (National Mental Health Association)
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- Federal Resources at FirstGov
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
- Family Readiness Kit (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Pets and Disasters