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The conference begins with welcome remarks from Brigadier General Gerard F. Bolduc, Maine National Guard.
Day 1 Break-out session subjects concern Communities, Schools, Business, Emergency Management and Home Security, Technological Hazards and Demonstrations. A panel to discuss the Lac Magantic disaster will be the lunchtime keynote.
Day 2 Break-0ut session subjects include Communities, Healthcare, Emergency Management and Technological Hazards. Michael Dorn, Safe Havens International, will be keynote speaker.
To read read session descriptions and register for the conference, click here: http://www.maine.gov/mema/prepare/conference/index.shtml
Are you prepared for spring flooding?
Even with all of the frozen snow and ice covering the countryside right now, spring warm up is just around the corner. Spring has arrived even if temperatures are still cold! A sudden warm up can cause melting water from snow and ice and can become a problem very quickly.
If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, be prepared! Even if you don’t live in a Maine floodplain, there are precautions you should take to protect your home and business from flood damage and loss:
- Be aware of hazards that can increase the potential for flooding – including flash flooding (heavy rain events, spring run off, ice jams, hurricanes, earthquakes, dam failure)
- Know the flood prone areas in your community (including dam locations).
The power of flood water is incredible. Six inches of fast moving flood water can knock over an adult. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. You cannot know the depth of water or condition of the ground under water, especially at night!
- DO NOT Drive Around Road Barricades.
- DO NOT Drive Through Flooded Roadways.
- Listen to warnings! A Flood Watch is issued when flooding is possible within the next 36 hours. A Flood Warning indicates that flooding is imminent or is currently occurring.
- During the flood stay tuned to radio or TV to get the latest information.
- Have a personal evacuation and communications plan. Pay attention to evacuation orders. Know where and how to seek sheltering in the event of evacuation.
- Check with your insurance agent about flood insurance coverage NOW; most homeowners insurance does not cover floods. Your agent should be able to help you secure insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
- Learn how to “flood proof” your home. If you have a basement that floods each year, make preparations! Move the contents of the basement up off the floor. Contact your furnace repair technician for ways to prevent damage to your heating system. Check with an electrician for dangerous wiring. Maintain ditches and drainage around the home so water will run away from it. Follow the directions of a caregiver or family member who is urging you to leave.
United States Coast Guard Cutter on Kennebec River
The River Flow Advisory Commission met for the annual meeting to review weather conditions, snow pack density and ice conditions to determine potential flooding for Maine rivers and streams.
The Coast Guard is ready and waiting for any assistance in breaking up ice on the Kennebec and Penobscot Rivers. There are three reasons the Coast Guard breaks ice in Maine Rivers.
- for search and rescue missions
- prevent flooding
- keep commerce flowing
The Coast Guard, along with the other River Flow Advisory Commission members, will be monitoring conditions for potential flooding this spring.
Right now, snow pack and ice conditions are normal. But, if the weather changes from the currently cold weather pattern and starts to warm up with heavy, rapid rains and quick snow melt, there may be a potential for flooding even as soon as 3 to 4 weeks from now.
Stay informed. Pay attention to weather changes. Make plans for potential flooding near you.
Check these web sites for more forecast information:
Citizen Alert System
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.
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Make sure that your smoke detectors are installed on all floors of your home. Make sure that they are tested and working properly. For more information on the types of smoke detectors, where to place them in your home, and how often you should test them and replace batteries, please click the link below.