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Aroostook County EMA News and Information

Winter Power Outages: What to do before, during and after.

Most winter power failures happen when storms bring freezing rain, sleet, heavy snow and high winds, damaging power lines and equipment. Without a steady supply of heat, not only are you impacted, but your home can suffer from damage as well. Plan before Winter arrives: Put together an emergency survival kit and an evacuation plan. Stock your pantry with non-perishable food and bottled water. Don’t forget your pet’s food. Take time for some pre-winter home maintenance. If someone in your home relies on...

September is National Preparedness Month, and the Aroostook County EMA, encourages everyone to take the steps to prepare for disasters and create a legacy for future generations.

Prioritizing personal readiness and the things you value should be part of any plan to take care of your loved ones now and in the years ahead. Protecting your future doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive. Start with simple steps and include each member of your household, so everyone has a part in safeguarding the future.”   If everyone puts a little effort into their family’s safety for the Future, you and your family will thrive not just survive. Here...

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....

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month; this year’s theme is a Lasting Legacy! So, to get started here are some tips on building an Emergency Kit for you and your family.

Emergency Kit This National Preparedness Month, we are reminding you to build your emergency kit. Don’t forget to include: Non-perishable food and water that can last several days. Flashlights, radios & extra batteries. First aid kit. #LastingLegacy An emergency kit should have everything you need to survive for several days. Keeping your kit stocked with necessities like food, water, and medical care can make the difference in the face of a disaster.  Build an emergency supply kit this #NationalPreparednessMonth! Consider...

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...

School has started in Aroostook County, here are some Transportation Safety Tips for everyone:

Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they take proper safety precautions. Here are some tips to make sure your child safely gets to school. Walkers: – Review your family’s walking safety rules and practice walking to school with your child. – Walk on the sidewalk, if one is available; when on a street with no sidewalk, walk facing the traffic. -Before you cross the street, stop and look left,...

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...