MEMA - Maine Emergency Management Agency

12/10/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/10/2023 16:03

Maine Emergency Management Agency Urges Maine People To Prepare for Incoming Storm

December 10, 2023

AUGUSTA, MAINE -Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is closely watching the forecast as rain and wind are expected to impact the state early Monday. The National Weather Service in Gray reports a High Wind Warning is in effect for Midcoast Maine near Penobscot Bay, along with a wind advisory for the rest of the coast. Widespread power outages are possible for the Maine coast, becoming more scattered along the I-95 corridor and further inland. Heavy rain and snow melt in
the foothills and mountains and towards the Kennebec River Valley will lead to areas of flooding with possible road closures.

"Folks need to keep an eye on their local forecast, be aware of the risks for their area, and prepare accordingly," said MEMA Director Peter Rogers. "We are expecting heavy winds to take down some weak trees and cause power outages. Anyone traveling Monday will need to be cautious of possible road hazards."

Outdoor decorations, furniture, and trash cans should be secured or put away until the storm passes.

To prepare for a power outage:

  • Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity.
  • Charge cell phones and devices now.
  • Plan for batteries and other alternative power sources to meet your needs, such as a portable charger or power bank.
  • Have flashlights for every household member.
  • Have enough nonperishable food and water for each household member and pets for at least 72 hours.

If the power goes out keep freezers and refrigerators closed. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.

Mainers are reminded to ensure that alternate heat and power sources are in proper working condition and properly installed. Citizens are reminded to take the following steps when using a generator:

  • NEVER use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, or similar areas, even when using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off.
  • Follow the instructions that come with your generator. Locate the unit outdoors and at least 15 feet away from doors, windows, and vents. Make sure the generator's exhaust is directed away from doors, windows, and vents.
  • Install battery-operated CO alarms or plug-in CO alarms with battery back-up in your home, according to the manufacturer's instructions. CO alarms should be certified to the requirements of the latest safety standards (UL 2034, IAS 6-96, or CSA 6.19.01). Test batteries monthly.

After power and other utilities have been restored, you might face the issue of what to do with storm-damaged trees. Maine Forest Service offers tips and helpful guidance for those faced with questions about what to do with downed trees, limbs, and branches.

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