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By state statute, every town in Maine has an emergency management director. This person coordinates all the planning and preparedness actvities for his or her community. You can learn more about local emergency management at the MEMA website.
However, during an emergency, many people come together to help others ‘weather the storm.’ These could include police and fire departments, public works, non-profit organizations, the Red Cross, elected officials, state and county emergency management agencies, and you.
Citizens can be critical resources when it comes to community emergency response. First responders are not an unlimited resource, and they may not always be available to help you or your neighbors during a disaster.
There are many ways you can help make your community stronger, safer and more able to weather the storm. The first step is easy: Learn more about how your local officials are planning for emergencies and how you can get involved.
If you decide you'd like to get involved in neighborhood emergency planning, here are some tips from the State of Washington: