Category: Emergency Alerts

Alerts and updated information regarding emergencies or disasters in Aroostook County, ME.

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...

Landlords and Small Businesses, winter sidewalk safety is a chore, but keeping your sidewalk clear of ice and snow during the winter might help prevent accidents and trouble.

Whether it’s written into the lease agreement or a municipal ordinance, snow removal and sidewalk safety could be your sole responsibility. We’ve all seen and avoided those storefronts or businesses that neglect to shovel their walkways and parking lots. And the truth is, their neglect simply becomes a hindrance to doing better business. In other words, they’re putting themselves — as well as their customers — at great risk for slips, trips, and falls. As the old saying goes, “An ounce...

Roof Collapse and Snow Removal Safety Information

Homeowners and businesses should be aware of the dangers posed by heavy snow on roofs, and the warning signs of structural weaknesses. In many instances, roof collapse and other risks posed by accumulated snow can be reduced by removing snow from roofs. Flat and low-pitched roofs — mostly found on industrial buildings but also used in certain home designs — are at the greatest risk of buckling under heavy snow and ice accumulations. The combination of ice and height makes...

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...