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...
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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...
These days small businesses need to learn how to protect themselves against cyber threats. This upcoming training may help you do just that. Click on the title of this post to see the flyer.
Reminder that there is a Tank Truck Rollover Class being held at the Houlton Fire Station tomorrow, Saturday, 9/20/14 starting at 8am. Lunch will be provided for participants.
Aroostook EMA participated with Maine Emergency Management and the Town of Fort Fairfield with a recent dam tour and tabletop exercise. These exercises allow all entities to plan responses and procedures in the event of a dam failure. It’s always a pleasure working with these local communities in preparedness exercises and learning about the history of many of these Aroostook County landmarks.
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...
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.
Reminder to Region 5 IMAT Members, there will be a training on August 1st at the Caribou Courthouse starting at 1pm. Topic is Situation Unit Leader Training.
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.
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.
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...
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.