Extreme Cold Preparedness

Extreme cold may be considered any temperature below freezing (32 degrees F). During an extreme cold event, your body must work extra hard to regulate a normal body temperature and that could lead to illness or death, especially with vulnerable populations. COLD WEATHER TIPS Exposure to cold can cause frostbite or hypothermia and become life-threatening. Infants and elderly people are most susceptible. What constitutes extreme cold varies in different parts of the country. In the southern U. S., near freezing...

Snow On Your Roof: The Good, The Bad, and The Dangerous

The first snowfall of the season is a magical moment. The world outside becomes soft and white, and the sun glistens off of the fresh snow, creating a picturesque winter wonderland. The truth, however, is that too much snow on your roof can be a major safety hazard. For many people in the colder regions of the country the magic dies quickly as the snow piles up and harsh conditions make day-to-day living a little more difficult. Fortunately, there are...

Generator Safety Tips!!!

Generators are emergency equipment that provide a secondary source of power when there is an electric failure. Generators can be helpful during a power outage, but they present serious health and safety concerns. Safety Tips Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use the generator. Carbon monoxide poisoning ​​​​​​​Electrocution or electric shock ​​​​​​​Fire

Shoveling Safety

Winter is here in the County and snow and ice are inevitable. With that comes shoveling snow, salting sidewalks and injuries related to these activities. Did you know that annually there are more than 11,500 injuries requiring treatment in emergency rooms, doctor’s offices, and clinics due to shoveling snow? Research shows that many of these injuries could be prevented if the person doing the shoveling did so in a safe manner. To help protect you and your family, this winter, here...

What to Keep in Your Vehicle, in Case of an Emergency, during the Winter.

Emergencies can happen to anyone. Prepare for the worst-case scenario (especially in wintertime) by keeping the following supplies in your winter car kit! Whether you run out of fuel, puncture a tire, or slip off a snowy road, a car emergency kit can help you get back on the road safely and quickly. In addition to the items listed below, keeping a cell phone on hand is highly advised. Ensure your phone is charged every time you get in the car and keep a spare...

Chimney Fires Destroy Homes

Creosote buildup may not look dangerous, but it ignites at a mere 451 degrees F, and once it starts burning, it expands like foam sealant. In less than a minute, it builds to more than 2,000 degrees F and can engulf your entire chimney and destroy your home. Even if you clean your chimney regularly, you should still have it inspected by a qualified chimney sweeper once a year. Certified chimney sweeps are trained to recognize chimney deterioration and venting problems and can assess your fireplace...

Winterizing your home means preparing it both inside and out for the cold weather.

The following tips don’t necessarily have to be completed in order, but they should all be completed by the time the snow starts to fly. 1. Inspect the Roof and Attic Now’s the time to make any repairs to your roof so that it won’t leak in the rain or the snow. If you have an attic, replace, or add insulation to keep drafts out. 2. Check the Chimney If you have a fireplace, you’ll want to make sure the...

Meet Kim Champagne, AKEMA’s new Finance – Planning Associate

Kim received her BS-Accounting from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. She has 30 plus years of public accounting experience. Her and husband of 30 years, relocated to Caribou in 2017.  When they are not working, they like to spend their time with their son and their animals, both enjoy a quiet lifestyle.

Meet Derrick Ouellette, AKEMA’s new Deputy Director

Derrick comes to Aroostook EMA excited to provide assistance to its citizens and other public safety entities. At a young age he always had an interest in public safety, because of the exposure he had from family members involved within it. He began volunteering and gaining work experience when he joined the county CERT team almost 10 years ago. He then started volunteering for FIRE and EMS departments eventually leading to Full time status. Derrick, originally from Fort Kent now...

Caribou School Reunification Drill

The Aroostook County Emergency Management Agency would like to thank the Caribou Community School and the Caribou High School for allowing us to participate in their first practice of a full scale evacuation of students and staff.  AKEMA staff observed the loading of students and staff onto buses and the unloading at the school’s relocation sites, to practice attendance and the reunification process. It was a very successful practice run and both students and staff did a great job. The Caribou...

FAMILY SAFETY PLAN

A home safety plan is an essential tool for keeping your family safe, as it establishes what to do in case of an emergency. All families should prepare for fire safety, natural disasters, power outages, extreme heat and cold. Families should have a plan to take care of any contingency. First you should Identify two safe meeting areas in your home! Choose the two safest spots in your house: One as your primary meeting spot, and the other as your backup....

Food safety tips for packing lunch box:

Before beginning any food preparation, always wash your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds and dry with a disposable paper towel or clean hand cloth. Clean food contact surfaces (e.g., countertop, cutting boards, utensils, etc.) often, between tasks, and if they become contaminated. Wash food contact surfaces with hot, soapy water and either air dry or use a clean cloth, or disposable paper towel to dry. Sanitizers can be used for added protection. Clean lunch boxes often...

Dental Emergency!

Accidents happen and knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Here are some tips for common dental emergencies: For a knocked-out permanent or adult tooth, keep it moist at all times. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If that’s not possible, place it in between your cheek and gums, in milk, or use a tooth preservation product that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Then, get...

Personal Security in Troubling Times

We are aware of the heightened level of stress that world events such as what is going on in Ukraine can bring to each of us.  We’ve been asked, “What can we do to prepare?”  While we all know that you can’t prepare for everything, taking small steps in personal preparedness can be empowering and lower stress.  Here are some things that you can do and that you can share with others: Increase your cyber-awareness.  This includes taking steps that...

JOIN THE MAINE MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS (MRC) TODAY!

Are you a retired medical worker or someone who has time that would like to help during a disaster? Signing up for this program does NOT commit you, it simply puts you in a database that would get you information when there is a need.  You decide if you are available or not when it happens.  See below for more information: Looking to volunteer? Then, your invited you to join Maine Responds and the Maine Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) today!...

Maine Basic Emergency Manager Training Program

Anyone wanting to learn more about Emergency Management or Local EMA Directors that want to excel should check into this recognition program. Feel free to reach out to us with suggestions. The Maine County Directors Council has updated their Maine Basic Emergency Manager 1 & 2 program. This is a great way for people to learn about Emergency Management and a good start for Local Emergency Managers. Get more information on the program at: https://www.maine.gov/mema/maine-prepares/plans-trainings-exercises/training/basic-emergency-training-program?fbclid=IwAR21UjXO9kMBplsQj7c9Uo36iXJOXPIpR5nX2WWSIHRNnkDMz6c2NOVMYxQ

FLU VACCINE: Is it time for one?

Now’s the time to get your flu shot. The flu shot is covered for people with Medicare from providers that accept Medicare or your Medicare plan. You can safely get a flu vaccine at your doctor’s office, pharmacy, or other local provider.  The flu can be very serious for people who are 65 years and older. A flu shot is your best protection from getting and spreading the virus. Getting the shot can help you stay healthy and, if you do...