Aroostook County EMA

Aroostook EMA – World Acadian Congress

Aroostook EMA was proud to be a part of this year’s World Acadian Congress, hosted in the St. John Valley region of Northern Aroostook County, ME.  Our office was heavily involved in the event, from the early planning stages to supporting local and regional public safety departments during the events.  We are incredibly happy to report that the planned events went very well, all involved public safety agencies operated at a very professional level, and the event allowed us to...

Community Emergency Response Team Training

There will be a one day Basic Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training on September 13th at the Caribou Courthouse.  Primary objective is to provide essential training for our Amateur Radio Team and our Animal Response Team.  Training will start at 8:30 a.m. Please contact the Aroostook EMA if you plan to attend.

Aroostook Animal Response Team Meeting

Reminder that there will be a meeting of the Aroostook Animal Response Team on July 30th at 6pm.  Location is at the Courthouse in Caribou.  Anyone that is interested in this team is encouraged to attend.

Local EMA Director’s Training

Reminder of the Local EMA Director’s Training will be held on July 30 from 1pm – 3pm at the Courthouse in Caribou.  Local Directors are asked to contact Aroostook EMA to let them know if you can attend.  Topic will be Damage Assessments.

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NWS Declares Hurricane Awareness Week

From Maine Emergency Management: The National Weather Service has declared the week of July 14 – July 18 as Hurricane Awareness Week in New England.  Hurricanes, which are also referred to as “tropical cyclones,” are low pressure systems that generally form in tropical areas with warm ocean waters, atmospheric moisture, and relatively light winds. Hurricanes that affect the eastern parts of the United States typically form in either the tropical Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea or in the Gulf of...

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Road Closure – Detour, E Plantation

The E Plantation Road in the Blaine / Bridgewater area is closed on the northern end of the road due to downed power lines and downed trees.  Crews will be working late into the evening to open this road, but for the time being, to access the southern part of the E Plantation Road, please use the Kinney Road. Again, please never cross or approach downed power lines, and continue reporting issues to your local services.

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Arthur Update – Partial Road Closure US Route 1

Reports are that Arthur is moving out of the area, as rain and wind will continue to diminish over the next couple hours. Bridgewater Fire Department is reporting that US Route 1 in Bridgewater is partially flooded in town, and advises drivers to remain cautious while proceeding through the area. Many communities are continuing to clean up falling trees and other debris following this storm.  We want to take a moment to remind everyone of a few safety measures:  Never...

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....

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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...