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...
Aroostook County EMA
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.
Did you ever consider becoming a Disaster Behavioral Health Volunteer? There is a training coming to Fort Kent in May that might interest you. The information is on the link below.
We have been participating in flood preparedness meetings in Aroostook. Today, we participated in the third statewide Riverflow Advisory Commission conference call. The ice conditions in Aroostook are reported mostly unchanged. We still have a large amount of snow covered solid ice on our rivers that we will have to continue to monitor.
Now is the time to consider flood insurance if you don’t already have it. Remember that there is a waiting period before it becomes effective. http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=Portal+News&id=638736&v=article-2014
The 7th Annual Maine Preparedness Conference now has their draft agenda online, and you can also register for that conference now. You can find more information and register at Maine Emergency Management Agency’s Website.
The 2015 Mitigation Plan Update Kick off meetings are scheduled for Aroostook County. Communities must participate in the planning process in order to be eligible for mitigation funding that may come available in the future. Click the link for more information on meeting dates and times. The public is welcome to attend any of these sessions. 2015 Mitigation Kick Off Flyer
Notice: Route 11 in Moro Plantation is closed temporarily due to an overturned Semi Trailer. We do not have any details on the incident at this time, but want to alert motorists to this temporary road closure and advise everyone to travel safe this evening.
We know that folks are looking for information on Ebola. The Maine Centers for Disease Control has a webpage specific to that issue that has lots of information that should answer your questions. We recommend that you first review the information on the site, but if you have further questions you can contact the Maine CDC at 1-800-821-5821. http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/zoonotic/ebola/
Emera Maine crews are planning to conduct an emergency outage to repair equipment TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2014. Areas affected are Oakfield, Dyer Brook, Ludlow and Smyrna. Expected time and duration: 1:00 P.M. TO 1:30 P.M. Customers may report outages or ask questions by calling our Customer Service Center at (207) 973-2000 or 1-855-EMERA11 (363-7211). You may also follow us on Twitter @emerame.
Aroostook EMA (AKEMA) has completed a full-scale exercise on September 27th, 2014. The exercise was held at the Tate and Lyle facility on Morningstar Road in Houlton. The exercise has been considered a success by all entities involved. Jesse Belanger, Deputy Director and Exercise Coordinator with Aroostook County EMA explained, “We had a number of objectives in place to test the capabilities of many agencies, and we were able to meet those objectives. We were also able to identify...
The Aroostook Animal Response Team now has a Facebook Page. Please take a moment to like and share this page as it will become a resource for animal lovers in Aroostook County. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1490103034564717/
Busy exercise days ahead. We want the public to be aware of these events, please spread the word. Saturday, September 27 – Full scale hazardous material response exercise at the Tate & Lyle facility in Houlton. We expect about 90 first responders in Houlton for this exercise so you should expect to see them around especially in the morning. Tuesday, September 30 – Full scale active shooter exercise at the TAMC North Street facility in Presque Isle. With both of...