Major Storm To Hit ? News and Tips

final-accums-map-1000x601As always, we could get rain, but this is the latest map of accumulations.

Remember if you or your loved ones are on oxygen and may need help if we lose power, call the Police Department or Fire Department. 207-439-1638. Stay tuned to Channel 22 and your local radio stations for cancellations and warnings.

Tips from NOAA on preparing for a storm

Below is a list of items you should have in your house/apartment during the winter should you be trapped by the snow or lose electricity. This is not an exhaustive list.

  • Food that does not require refrigeration and can be prepared without heat or electricity. Ensure there is enough food for each person in your house to last at least three days. Some food items include:
    • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables (Requires a manual can opener)
    • Crackers, nuts, granola bars, fruit bars, and chips
    • Soups (Some soups require mixing with water or heating)
    • Cookies and Hard Candy
    • Bread (keep frozen to preserve its longevity) and condiments like peanut butter and jelly
    • Cereal and toaster pastries
    • MREs (Meals Ready to Eat)
  • An ample supply of specialty items such as medications, infant ready-to-feed formulas, and dietary items
  • Bottled water: One gallon of water per person per day (for at least three days)
  • Disposable plates, bowls, and utensils that do not require washing
  • Flashlight with FRESH spare batteries or a hand powered flashlight
  • Battery/hand powered radio or NOAA Weather Radio
  • First Aid Kit
  • Spare blankets, sweaters, coats, hats, mittens, boots, and socks in case heat is lost
  • Firewood (If you have a wood burning fireplace)
  • Spare matches (if you have certain models of gas fireplaces)
  • Equipment to remove snow (shovel, snow blower, salt, etc.)
    • Be sure to check your snow blower each fall to ensure it is properly working
  • If it is permissible, a generator is a valuable asset to power key household appliances. Be sure to carefully follow all directions provided with the generator!

       Additional information on assembling disaster kits can be found on the Planning Ahead page and on the FEMA