Category: EMA News

Weather Update

From our friends at the National Weather Service…… A cold front will approach Maine today and slowly move through the state on Thursday and the 4th of July.   Severe weather will be possible today.   Gusty winds and heavy rain will be possible with discrete storms and bowing lines of thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight. More thunderstorms are expected Thursday and the 4th of July.   Thunderstorms may “train” in the vicinity of the cold front which could bring localized flash flooding....

Revised Statewide Mutual Aid Agreement Now Online

Revised Statewide Mutual Aid Agreement Now Online 06/24/2014 12:00 AM EDT In 2009, then Governor John Baldacci signed into law [PL 2009 c. 135](http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_124th/chapters/PUBLIC175.asp ), An Act Authorizing Statewide Mutual Aid Among First Responder Agencies. This law allowed “local first responder agencies to provide emergency services such as fire, law enforcement, emergency management or medical services as necessary upon another town’s request without any additional agreement or contract.” Five years later, several changes have been made to the original agreement and...

Easton Incident

Aroostook EMA responded to what was reported to be a tank truck rollover with significant spill in Easton.  Upon arrival, we found that it was in fact a box truck and there was no significant spill of any materials.  We are still glad to have gotten the call early, we would rather to and not be needed than not go and be needed. Easton Fire Department, Crown Ambulance, Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office, Maine State Police, Fairpoint Communications, Emera Power Company,...

June 2014 National Guard MP Exercise in Houlton

​​488th Military Police Company to Conduct Joint Exercise in Houlton HOULTON, ME-The Maine Army National Guard 488th Military Police Company is conducting a joint military support to civil authorities exercise in Houlton, on June 11-12, 2014. The exercise will test the unit’s ability to respond to a scenario requiring it to partner with law enforcement and civil authorities. The exercise is part of the units two week annual training June 6-20 and will be conducted at several locations statewide. The...

Tornado Confirmed in Aroostook County

The National Weather Service Office in Caribou has confirmed that a very small F-O tornado did touch down in the Houlton area yesterday.  There will be more information posted later on their website and on WAGM tonight, but here is another link to the same information. Tornado confirmed in southern Aroostook County  

Weather Spotter Training

If you are interested in becoming a weather spotter for the National Weather Service office, they are having a training coming up in Caribou.  Go to their website to get more information. http://www.weather.gov/car/Outreach_Spotters

Active Thunderstorm Weather Systems

Much of Aroostook County is currently experiencing active weather patterns, and is expected to continue for the next few hours into the evening.  Aroostook EMA will continue monitoring severe weather systems and strongly encourages all citizens to keep a close eye on any alerts from the National Weather Service in Caribou. You can stay up to date with weather alerts by visiting the NOAA Caribou page at http://www.weather.gov/car/ Remember: If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm...

911 Texting Not Active Yet in Maine

Today, a number of mobile cell phone carriers turned on the ability to “text 911,” an ongoing initiative to bring text notification to emergency services.  This feature, however, is not currently active in Maine. 911 Call Centers across Maine have upgraded to the NextGen 911 system and do have this capability, but this feature is still being tested prior to being officially implemented. Aroostook EMA would like to advise all citizens to continue making phone calls of emergencies to 911....

Department of Transportation Issues Emergency Order

There is currently no Bakken crude oil on the rails in Aroostook County.  There is some traveling in Southern Maine, and some traveling within just a few miles of our border in Canada.  This link will give you more information on this order. http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/emergency-order  

Why Flooded Roadways are so Dangerous

During flood season, our office issues numerous alerts warning citizens to never drive across flooded roadways. The video clip shows a roadway in Freeport, Maine that appeared passable, but quickly gave way.  These conditions change rapidly and you can never know for certain how safe the roadway is below. Also, pictured to the right is a similar situation that occurred near Cocagne, New Brunswick just this past week. So, again – please be safe and never cross a flooded roadway!