Category: Local Conditions

Extremely Cold Temperatures & Ground Blizzard Conditions Headed to the County.

Warming Centers Information February 2nd, 2023 Please Stay Safe & Stay Bundled Up, Take Precautions and Bring Your Pets Inside. Here is the latest information we have on Warming Centers in the area. Warming Center Information February 3rd, 2023 1. The Town of Fort Fairfield will be opening a warming center at Fort Fairfield Community Center, at 18 Community Drive in the gymnasium. If you need a warm place to go, please call the Police Department at 472-3808 and let...

Safe Snow Shoveling!

When the driveway and walkways are coated in a thick blanket of snow, it’s time to get a shovel out for what some consider to be a dreaded chore. But before you tackle the snow, take some time to read these safety snow shoveling tips to help avoid any potential injuries. Snow shoveling can lead to several health risks for many people, from back injuries to heart attacks. The mix of cold temperatures and physical exertion increases the workload on...

HEATING ASSISTANCE FOR AROOSTOOK COUNTY RESIDENTS

Did you know if you are on a fixed income, you may be eligible for heating assistance this season? It can take a few weeks for the application to process, so now is the time to connect with your local Community Action Program (CAP) and find out if you qualify! For a complete list of all CAPs, as well as other heating and energy assistance resources, visit www.maine.gov/mpuc/consumer-assistance/programs . Did you know if you are a renter, and heat is...

Traversing icy walkways, sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots can be very dangerous and we have lots of ice during the winter months in Aroostook County.

The National Safety Council estimates that falls cause more than 1,500 deaths and 300,000 injuries per year. Here are some ice safety tips to share with your loved ones. 1. Plan to give yourself extra time for walking, do not assume a clear path. 2. Wear shoes or boots that provide traction. Wear flat-soled shoes and avoid shoes with heels. Footwear made of rubber provides better traction than plastic and leather soles. You can also purchase ice cleats or crampons...

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...

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...