2017 CONOPS with RegionNets

October 23, 2017

CONOPS provides guidance to public safety agencies (traditional first responders) and non-traditional responders for developing and employing on-scene interoperability through an effective Incident Communications program. CONOPS focuses on incident communications requirements and the role of interoperability.

This is the 2017 CONOPS with RegionNets.

 

State Emergency Response Commission January Meeting Minutes

January 12, 2016

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) held their regular meeting January 12th, 2016.

Major topics during the meeting were the budget review and the new Training Committee Instructors. Meeting minutes are linked below.

The SERC meets quarterly and all meetings are open to members of the public. If you plan to attend a meeting, please contact MEMA at least 24 hours in advance to confirm the meeting will take place as scheduled. If you have any questions or would like to attend a meeting, please call (207) 624-4400.

 

January Meeting Minutes

Contact:

Faith Mayer
207-624-4441
faith.e.mayer@maine.gov

State Emergency Response Commission April Meeting Minutes

April 12, 2016

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) held their regular meeting April 12th, 2016.

Major topics during the meeting were the budget review and the discussing the HMEP grant Changes. Meeting minutes are linked below.

The SERC meets quarterly and all meetings are open to members of the public. If you plan to attend a meeting, please contact MEMA at least 24 hours in advance to confirm the meeting will take place as scheduled. If you have any questions or would like to attend a meeting, please call (207) 624-4400.

 

April Minutes

Contact:

Faith Mayer
207-624-4441
faith.e.mayer@maine.gov

State Emergency Response Commission July Meeting Minutes

July 13, 2016

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) held their regular meeting July 12th, 2016.

Major topics during the meeting were the new budget review and reviewing facilities with off site consequences. Meeting minutes are linked below.

The SERC meets quarterly and all meetings are open to members of the public. If you plan to attend a meeting, please contact MEMA at least 24 hours in advance to confirm the meeting will take place as scheduled. If you have any questions or would like to attend a meeting, please call (207) 624-4400.

 

July Minutes

Contact:

Faith Mayer
207-624-4441
faith.e.mayer@maine.gov

State Emergency Response Commission October Meeting Minutes

October 20, 2016

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) held their regular meeting October 11th, 2016.

Major topics during the meeting were the new budget review and reviewing LEPC plans and budgets. Meeting minutes are linked below.

The SERC meets quarterly and all meetings are open to members of the public. If you plan to attend a meeting, please contact MEMA at least 24 hours in advance to confirm the meeting will take place as scheduled. If you have any questions or would like to attend a meeting, please call (207) 624-4400.

 

October Minutes

Contact:

Faith Mayer
207-624-4441
faith.e.mayer@maine.gov

2016 Tier 2 Software Released

December 20, 2016

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) announces that the 2016 Tier 2 Submit software has now been released by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This software allows facilities with reportable quantities of hazardous materials to document and submit their reports electronically, through e-mail or on a CD, as required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).

This law requires facilities with 10,000 pounds of a hazardous material or 500 pounds or less of an Extremely Hazardous Substance based on the chemicals’ Threshold Planning Quantity. This information is used by local first responders to assist them in identifying where there are chemical risks in their community and LEPC’s in developing regional response plans. To access this free software please go to the following link:

http://www2.epa.gov/epcra-tier-i-and-tier-ii-reporting/tier2-submit-software

For more information on reporting or assistance in completing your reporting please contact you county EMA office or call the Maine Emergency Management Agency at 1-800-452-8735 or e-mail maine.serc@maine.gov.

 

Contact:

Faith Mayer
207-624-4441
faith.e.mayer@maine.gov

2017 Tier 2 Software Released

November 28, 2017

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) announces that the 2017 Tier 2 Submit software has now been released by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This software allows facilities with reportable quantities of hazardous materials to document and submit their reports electronically, through e-mail or on a CD, as required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).

This law requires facilities with 10,000 pounds of a hazardous material or 500 pounds or less of an Extremely Hazardous Substance based on the chemicals’ Threshold Planning Quantity. This information is used by local first responders to assist them in identifying where there are chemical risks in their community and LEPC’s in developing regional response plans. To access this free software please go to the following link:

http://www2.epa.gov/epcra-tier-i-and-tier-ii-reporting/tier2-submit-software

For more information on reporting or assistance in completing your reporting please contact you county EMA office or call the Maine Emergency Management Agency at 1-800-452-8735 or e-mail maine.serc@maine.gov.

 

Contact:

Faith Staples
207-557-3675
faith.e.staples@maine.gov

State Emergency Response Commission Meeting Minutes January 2018

January 23, 2018

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) held their regular meeting January 9th, 2018.

Major topics during the meeting were the budget review and reviewing LEPC plans. Meeting minutes are linked below.

The SERC meets quarterly and all meetings are open to members of the public. If you plan to attend a meeting, please contact MEMA at least 24 hours in advance to confirm the meeting will take place as scheduled. If you have any questions or would like to attend a meeting, please call (207) 624-4400.

 

Meeting Minutes

Contact:

Faith Staples
207-557-3675
faith.e.staples@maine.gov

State Emergency Response Commission Meeting Minutes April 2018

April 11, 2018

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) held their regular meeting April 10th, 2018.

Major topics during the meeting were the SERC Strategic Plan and reviewing LEPC plans. Meeting minutes are linked below.

The SERC meets quarterly and all meetings are open to members of the public. If you plan to attend a meeting, please contact MEMA at least 24 hours in advance to confirm the meeting will take place as scheduled. If you have any questions or would like to attend a meeting, please call (207) 624-4400.

 

Meeting Minutes

Contact:

Faith Staples
207-557-3675
faith.e.staples@maine.gov

School Safety and Security September 2018

September 17, 2018

Please click below to see the School Safety and Security Bulletin September 2018: If You See Something, Say Something

 

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State Emergency Response Commission Meeting Minutes for July 2018

October 19, 2018

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) held their regular meeting July 10th, 2018.

Major topics during the meeting were the SERC Strategic Plan and reviewing LEPC work plans and budgets. Meeting minutes are linked below.

The SERC meets quarterly and all meetings are open to members of the public. If you plan to attend a meeting, please contact MEMA at least 24 hours in advance to confirm the meeting will take place as scheduled. If you have any questions or would like to attend a meeting, please call (207) 624-4400.

 

July Meeting Minutes

Contact:

Faith Staples
207-624-4400
faith.e.staples@maine.gov

State Emergency Response Commission Meeting Minutes for October 2018

October 19, 2018

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) held their regular meeting October 9th, 2018.

Major topics during the meeting were the SERC Strategic Plan and the voting on the SERC budget. Meeting minutes are linked below.

The SERC meets quarterly and all meetings are open to members of the public. If you plan to attend a meeting, please contact MEMA at least 24 hours in advance to confirm the meeting will take place as scheduled. If you have any questions or would like to attend a meeting, please call (207) 624-4400.

 

October Meeting Minutes

Contact:

Faith Staples
207-624-4400
faith.e.staples@maine.gov

2018 Tier 2 Software Released

December 11, 2018

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) announces that the 2018 Tier 2 Submit software has now been released by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This software allows facilities with reportable quantities of hazardous materials to document and submit their reports electronically, through e-mail or on a CD, as required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA).

This law requires facilities with 10,000 pounds of a hazardous material or 500 pounds or less of an Extremely Hazardous Substance based on the chemicals� Threshold Planning Quantity. This information is used by local first responders to assist them in identifying where there are chemical risks in their community and LEPC�s in developing regional response plans. To access this free software please go to the following link:

http://www2.epa.gov/epcra-tier-i-and-tier-ii-reporting/tier2-submit-software

For more information on reporting or assistance in completing your reporting please contact you county EMA office or call the Maine Emergency Management Agency at 1-800-452-8735 or e-mail maine.serc@maine.gov.

 

Contact:

Faith Staples
207-557-3675
faith.e.staples@maine.gov

School Safety and Security December 2018

December 18, 2018

Please click below to see the School Safety and Security Bulletin December 2018: Emergency Operations Planning

 

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School Safety and Security January 2019

January 11, 2019

Please click below to see the School Safety and Security Bulletin January 2019: Family Reunification

 

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State Emergency Response Commission Meeting Minutes for January 8th, 2019

January 18, 2019

The State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) held their regular meeting January 8th, 2019.

Meeting minutes are linked below.

The SERC meets quarterly and all meetings are open to members of the public. If you plan to attend a meeting, please contact MEMA at least 24 hours in advance to confirm the meeting will take place as scheduled. If you have any questions or would like to attend a meeting, please call (207) 624-4400.

 

January Meeting Minutes

Contact:

Faith Staples
207-557-3675
faith.e.staples@maine.gov

School Safety and Security Bulletin February 2019

February 8, 2019

Please click below to see the School Safety and Security Bulletin February 2019: Planning for those with Access and Functional Needs

 

February 2019 pdf

Maine River Flow Advisory Commission Meets in Augusta

March 7, 2019

Spring Flood Threat Above Average Across the State

AUGUSTA, MAINE The State's River Flow Advisory Commission met for the first time this season today in Augusta to discuss ongoing ice conditions, snowpack, streamflow, groundwater levels, and flood risk across the state.

"The potential for flooding is well above normal and will likely last a few weeks," said Robert Lent with the Maine office of the U.S. Geological Survey. "I don't see any immediate threats, but we will need to watch conditions closely."

Temperatures are expected to be below normal for the next few days, but then the National Weather Service predicts a gradual warming, with temperatures and precipitation amounts higher than normal for the 6-10 and 8-14-day forecasts.

"Overall, it was a colder, snowier than normal winter across the state," said Tom Hawley of the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Gray. "What happens in the next few weeks will be critical in determining whether we do in fact experience flooding."

"Statewide, streamflow conditions are above normal," said Nicholas Stasulis, Data Section Chief with the U.S. Geological Survey. "Groundwater levels, however, vary with some above normal, some much higher than normal and we even have some wells in Central Maine that are below normal."

The United States Coast Guard has been monitoring ice conditions across the state, and shared their plan for ice breaking missions later in March on the Penobscot and Kennebec Rivers to prevent ice jams which could cause flooding.

"The Commission will meet again in early April in Aroostook County due to the above normal potential for flooding," said Maine Emergency Management Agency Director Suzanne Krauss. "We will continue to monitor conditions statewide. As we are analyzing current conditions and likely scenarios, we are preparing for the likelihood of flooding in Aroostook County. We encourage people to know the risks they face in their communities and to make a disaster plan."

MEMA is working closely with the Aroostook County Emergency Management Agency to implement some proactive measures to prepare for flooding including:

  • Flood preparedness meetings in several communities

  • A flood exercise scheduled for March 25

  • A Maine Forestry Service mobile command unit in place

  • A Maine Warden Service airboat available, as needed.

  • Nestle-Waters North America has graciously donated two truckloads of its Poland Spring Brand for distribution to residents should local water sources become contaminated.

Meanwhile, those who live in flood prone areas are reminded:

  • It is never safe to drive down a flooded roadway, as the road may be washed out underneath and it only take as few as six inches of water to cause you to lose control of your vehicle.

  • Take steps to protect your belongings ahead of time, including elevating electronic devices and moving vehicles out of areas that may flood.

  • Homeowners insurance typically doesn't cover flood damage. Check with your insurance company to see if it makes sense to add flood insurance to your policy. It takes 30 days to become effective.

  • Be aware of flood alerts and warnings by downloading the free FEMA app on your smart phone and selecting alerts for up to five locations of your choice.

Today's report will be available online at www.maine.gov/mema or can be obtained from MEMA by calling 207-624-4400.

 

Contact:

Susan Faloon
207-624-4400

School Safety and Security Bulletin March 2019

March 11, 2019

Please click below to see the School Safety and Security Bulletin March 2019: Fire Alarm Changes and Codes

 

March 2019 pdf

Maine River Flow Advisory Commission Meets in Caribou

April 5, 2019

Spring Flood Threat Improved from March, But Not Eliminated

The State's River Flow Advisory Commission met in Caribou Friday morning to discuss flood conditions across the state, with a focus on northern Maine, where the threat continues to be greater than the rest of the State. The group reviewed streamflow conditions on Maine's lakes, rivers and streams, snowpack, groundwater levels, and weather conditions.

"Based on todays discussions, the next seven to ten days don't show a significant risk for flooding across the state," said Maine Emergency Management Agency Director Suzanne Krauss. "But we can't let our guard down, because there is a potential for flooding well into May."

Temperatures are expected to remain near normal for the next several weeks.

"Overall, the spring potential is still higher than average for flood risk," said Donald Dumont of the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Caribou. "It's been a controlled snow melt so far, and temperatures will remain below freezing at night, which helps with that controlled melt."

"Statewide, streamflow remains higher than normal due to snow melt and northern Maine rivers are expected to continue to rise as the ice melts," said Nicholas Stasulis, Data Section Chief with the U.S. Geological Survey. "Groundwater levels continue to vary across the state, with higher levels in the south and along the coast, where snowmelt has already occurred. Northern and western groundwater levels have not benefited from snowmelt to date."

Aroostook County Emergency Management Agency continues to implement proactive preparedness steps, including readying its Incident Management Team, working with the American Red Cross to conduct shelter training, meeting with at risk residents and working with partner agencies.

"We are doing everything we can to prepare as response and recovery agencies," Said Darren Woods, Director of Aroostook County Emergency Management Agency. "We encourage people at home to keep their guard up and be prepared at home and at work. We have had remarkable success with the public input on our Aroostook County Flood Watch Facebook page which provides situational awareness."

Those who live in flood prone areas are reminded:

  • It is never safe to drive down a flooded roadway, as the road may be washed out underneath and it only take as few as six inches of water to cause you to lose control of your vehicle.

  • Take steps to protect your belongings ahead of time, including elevating electronic devices and moving vehicles out of areas that may flood.

  • Homeowners insurance typically doesn't cover flood damage. Check with your insurance company to see if it makes sense to add flood insurance to your policy. It takes 30 days to become effective.

  • Be aware of flood alerts and warnings by downloading the free FEMA app on your smart phone and selecting alerts for up to five locations of your choice.

The Commission will continue to monitor conditions and determine whether another meeting in May is warranted.

 

Contact:

Susan Faloon
207-624-4400

School Safety and Security Bulletin April 2019

April 8, 2019

Please click below to see the School Safety and Security Bulletin April 2019: Crises Communication

 

April 2019.pdf

School Safety and Security Bulletin May 2019

May 3, 2019

Please click below to see the School Safety and Security Bulletin May 2019: Children Healing After Crisis

 

May 2019.pdf

TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: ICS 300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents

May 7, 2019

Central Maine Power will be hosting ICS 300 training for anyone interested on June 5th and 6th, 2019 at Central Maine Power's Canco Road Service Center, 162 Canco Road, Portland, Maine in the second floor auditorium from 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m..

Participants MUST complete both days to receive credit for training and receive FEMA certificate.

AUDIENCE: The target audience for this course is for individuals who may assume a supervisory role in expanding incidents or Type 3 incidents. Note: During a Type 3 incident, some or all of the command and general staff positions may be activated, as well as division/group supervisory and/or unit leader level positions. These incidents may extend into multiple operational periods.

ICS 300 will provide training on resources for managers and responders who require an advanced application of ICS. These are individuals who may assume a supervisory role in expanding incidents which may extend into multiple operational periods. ICS 300 will include unified command, incident/event assessment and objective development; the ICS planning process; incident/event resource management, transfer of command and demobilization.

The following prerequisites are required prior to attending the ICS 300 class and are available free online at https://training.fema.gov/nims/

  • IS 100: Introduction to the Incident Command System
  • IS 200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  • IS 700: Introduction to the National Incident Management System (NIMS)

INSTRUCTORS: Ken Guimond - AVANGRID Emergency Preparedness

Please see the attached Application to Register.

 

Application to Register

Contact:

Kevin Guimond, AVANGRID
207-629-2302 or 629-1439
kevin.guimond@avangrid.com

TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: MGT 415 Disaster Recovery In Rural Communities

May 23, 2019

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Topsham Public Safety Building - Training Room, 2nd Floor

100 Main Street

Topsham, Maine 04086

Disaster Recovery in Rural Communities is an eight-hour planning and management-level course designed for public officials, community leaders, and private-sector representatives in rural communities who play key roles in the disaster recovery process. The course assists rural communities with effective and efficient implementation of recovery efforts, thus ensuring the best possible long-term social and economic recovery of their communities from disaster.

Topics covered include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting disaster recovery preplanning activities
  • Planning for disaster recovery efforts
  • Developing ways to involve the whole community in short- and long-term recovery
  • Implementing disaster recovery plans

Please note all foreign nationals need to complete a Department of Homeland Security Foreign National Visitor Form in order to attend this course.

Register for your FEMA Student Identification number at: https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid

Please sign-up no later than Tuesday, July 9, 2019, as a minimum of 20 registrations must be received by this date to confirm the class will be held. Should you have any questions regarding the local jurisdiction or directions to the facility, please contact Sarah Bennett at 207-449-2086 or sbennett@sagcounty.com

Prerequisites: Required: U.S. Citizenship; Recommended: IS 100 and IS 700

Training Sponsored by: Sagadahoc County EMA

Sign-in Begins: 7:30 a.m.

Class times: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Students will have 1 hour for lunch!

To register, please visit https://www.RuralTraining.org

Students who successfully complete training will receive an RDPC certificate in the mail approximately 6-8 weeks after testing.

For information about course content or how to obtain a DHS Foreign National Visitor Request Form, contact the RDPC at: helpdesk@ruraltraining.org or 877-855-RDPC (7372)

 

Contact:

Sarah Bennett, Sagadahoc County EMA Director
207-449-2086
sbennett@sagcounty.com