Aroostook County EMA Blog

Drought Task Force Meets: Conditions Remain Dry Across Maine with Little Precipitation Expected

September 17, 2020, AUGUSTA, MAINE – Maine’s Drought Task Force met virtually to discuss the worsening drought conditions across the state. Since the Task Force met two weeks ago, more than 56% of the State is now under severe drought conditions. Conditions in parts of Aroostook County have fallen into extreme drought conditions, prompting the Small Business Association to enact a drought declaration. “Below normal rainfall is expected over the next seven days, which could worsen drought conditions in western...

Information on how you & your family can be Prepared for an Emergency!

Sometimes, you can make it easy for bad luck to find you. Look around your house and yard for things that could trip you up. Replace that burned out light bulb on your porch. Clear those newspapers away from the wood stove. Get the clutter off the stairs. Test those smoke and carbon monoxide alarms (or install them). Make your own luck today. https://www.maine.gov/mema/maine-prepares

It’s Hot Outside! – Remember: “Check the Backseat”

Learn How to Avoid Heat-related Illnesses and Death The human body is normally able to regulate its temperature through sweating, until it is exposed to more heat than it can handle. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can escalate rapidly, leading to delirium, organ damage and even death. In 2018, 162 people died in the U.S. from exposure to excessive heat, according to Injury Facts. People most at risk include: Infants and young children, especially if left in hot cars People 65 and...

COVID-19 Resources for Fire & EMS

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published interim guidance on COVID-19 for all first responders. This includes the fire service, emergency medical services (EMS), law enforcement and emergency management officials. If you anticipate close contact with persons with confirmed or possible COVID-19 in the course of your work, please read this guidance.