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MAINE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
Time to Get Ready for Wintry Blasts
November 18, 2008
AUGUSTA, MAINE -- Winter is coming to Maine. Even though we are only half-way through November, significant snow has already been recorded in the state. And although the price of heating oil has been falling, it is still high, and many homes could be chilly this year.
“Now is the time to put your emergency supplies together for that big winter storm that traps you at home.” says Maine Emergency Management Agency Director Rob McAleer, “It’s also time to remember basic winter safety tips, make your home as snug as possible and reach out within your community to help others stay safe and warm.”
“First of all, imagine that three-day snow storm,” McAleer says. “You won’t want to have to go out, so do you have what you need to stay safe at home? Especially if the power goes out?”
Many more winter preparedness and safety measures can be found at http://www.maineprepares.com
In conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security, MEMA also recommends taking simple, inexpensive steps now to winterize your home against wintry winds.
Brochures showing easy “do-it-yourself” ways to winterize your home can be obtained at local Community Action agencies, Cooperative Extension offices, and Maine CareerCenters. Brochures can also be downloaded from the Governor’s Web page or obtained by calling the Governor’s Office at 287-3531.
The Maine Cooperative Extension has created a series of “How to” videos, showing how to carry out some of these simple weatherization steps. These are also available from the Governor’s web page.
“We can all take simple steps toward being prepared for winter and helping others to do the same,” McAleer says. “Maine winters are tough, but working together we get through them safe and warm.“
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