Category: Plan and Prepare

Planning and Preparedness Information

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Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado Safety!

Severe summer storms can occur anywhere, and conditions can change rapidly.  The most important thing anyone can do to reassure their safety and the safety of  those around them is to be prepared.  Preparedness starts with you. Having a Plan! At home, have a plan in place that family members know what to do in the event of a severe storm.  It’s important to understand what type of severe weather risks are applicable to your community.  In Aroostook County, our primary...

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River Ice Training

It’s time for us to be more vigilant with watching ice movement and flooding.  This link takes you to a video that helps to show you what to look for. River Ice

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NWS Caribou – Winter Spotter Training

  Help your National Weather Service by becoming a Winter Weather Storm Spotter!  Storm spotters report snowfall, ice accumulation, ice jam flooding and coastal flood erosion during Maine’s long harsh winters.  Spotter training will teach you how to accurately measure and report significant winter weather phenomenon! Where: National Weather Service Office, 810 Main St., Caribou, ME When: Thursday, November 19th, at 5:30 pm Cost: Free to all those interested in Weather!!! Please contact Donald Dumont Donald.Dumont@noaa.gov for additional information on...

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2015 Presque Isle Airport Full Scale Exercise

PRESS RELEASE Aroostook County EMA Full-Scale Airport / Hazardous Materials Exercise Aroostook EMA (AKEMA) has completed a full-scale exercise on August 15th, 2015.  The exercise was held at the Presque Isle Airport. The primary focus of the exercise was the response to an aircraft incident.  The exercise also incorporated objectives to test Emergency Medical Services, Hazardous Materials Response, and Incident Command operations. The exercise has been considered a large success by all entities involved.  Jesse Belanger, Deputy Director and Exercise...

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2015 Presque Isle Airport Full Scale Exercise

PRESS RELEASE City of Presque Isle and Aroostook County EMA partner on Full-Scale Airport / Hazardous Materials Exercise  Aroostook EMA (AKEMA) will be coordinating a full-scale exercise in the area of the Presque Isle Regional Airport on August 15th, 2015.  The exercise will bring together responders from across Aroostook County. Jesse Belanger, Deputy Director and Exercise Coordinator with Aroostook County EMA explained, “The focus of the exercise is an Airplane crash.  However, the response involves many response tasks, from Law...

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Public Comment – Mitigation Planning

As we complete the process required for updating our Aroostook County Hazard Mitigation Plan, we are hosting Public Comment and Review meetings in each of our regions. The draft plan is posted on our website at www.aroostookema.com under the “Plan and Prepare” link for you to review. We are inviting the general public to one of our Public Comment meetings where we will take comments and answer questions on this updated plan.   The Public Meetings will be held at...

If you were told to “Shelter In Place” would you know what to do? The CDC put out some basic information to show you how.   http://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/shelter/  

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NWS Caribou/Aroostook EMA River Ice Training Video

With the impending spring melt that we are all excited for, one major issue we monitor closely ever year is the ice out of our many rivers and streams. Last fall, our partners from the National Weather Service in Caribou, Maine put together and presented a River Ice training in three locations in our county. This very good training covers a large number of topics, including the science behind ice formation, how to identify troublesome ice conditions, and some emergency...

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Spring Outlook

We continue to monitor the weather and our rivers for changing conditions.  We advise people to be cautious out there as things begin to thaw and water starts to flow into our roadways from fields, and as the rivers rise and ice begins to move. We are meeting regularly with the scientists that predict our ice movement, as was the case yesterday with the River Flow Advisory Commission.  Click here for information from that meeting.