Disaster Preparedness

AMERICAN RED CROSS

American Red Cross link provides information for preparing and getting trained for an emergency. It includes how to prepare your family and home, how to prepare your workplace, and how to get trained.
www.redcross.org

American Red Cross link provides information for disaster recovery and ideas on how to make plans  to ensure safety in future disasters.
www.redcross.org

BUSINESS OWNER

American Red Cross link provides information on preparing your workplace and employees for emergencies.
www.redcross.org

Ready Business link provides information on how to plan and prepare for emergencies.
www.ready.gov

Small Business Administration link provides information on preparing your business and getting back to business after a disaster.
www.sba.gov

CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY

Maine Emergency Management Agency link to information on warning signs of Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning and how to avoid Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning.
www.maine.gov

CONSUMER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection is available to assist consumers who need information or help in contacting lenders to revise payment schedules or to discuss other actions that might ease their financial burden. If payments will be late, all customers are encouraged to contact their lenders as soon as possible. They are also urged to get in touch with the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation if they have questions or concerns. The Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection can be reached by calling toll-free
1-800-332-8529. The Bureau of Financial Institutions can be contacted by calling 1-800-965-5235.
www.maine.gov

CRISIS INTERVENTION

For assistance dealing with mental health issues please contact the statewide crisis hotline at 1-888-568-1112.

DISABLED PERSONS NEEDS

Maine Emergency Management Agency link provides information if your household includes someone with unique needs. This site provides specific ideas on how to promote safety and emergency preparedness.
www.maine.gov

DRINKING WATER

Maine Emergency Management Agency link provides information on water testing on the State Drinking Water Program website at: www.maine.gov

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Maine Department of Environmental Protection link provides information about environmental concerns at 800-482-0777 or online at www.maine.gov

FAMILIES AND CHILDREN

American Red Cross link provides information on assistance after an emergency on contacting family members, shelter and supplies, and what to do after the disaster.
www.redcross.org

American Red Cross Family Disaster Plan
American Red Cross link provides information on how to prepare families for disasters.
www.redcross.org

FEMA for Kids is a friendly site with information and games related to disasters.
http://www.ready.gov/kids

U.S. Department of Homeland Security link is a fun site with links to games, facts, creating a kit, and making a plan.
www.ready.gov

FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

Federal Emergency Management Agency provides comprehensive emergency/disaster management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation.
www.fema.gov

FLOOD DAMAGE ASSESSMENT PROCESS

When floodwaters fully recede, federal, state and local officials begin assessing the impact of flooding and arrive at an estimate of the cost of damages. If the damages exceed thresholds set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the governor would ask President Obama to declare a major disaster. The request could seek two types of assistance – for individuals or for public property, such as highways and buildings.
The president acts on a major-disaster request after receiving a recommendation from FEMA. If the request is granted, the county qualifies for funding from the President’s Disaster Relief Fund.

Once a determination is made, the Maine Emergency Management Agency will announce procedures for filing information about damages, including phone numbers, Internet addresses and other points of contact with disaster relief agencies.
For more information on emergency agencies and programs, go to www.fema.gov or www.mema.gov.

FLOODED OIL TANKS

For flooded oil tanks, call 800-482-077 to notify the Department of Environmental Protection. The link below lists all contacts and emergency numbers.
www.maine.gov

FLU

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention link to MaineFlu.gov provides information about H1N1 flu and seasonal flu.
www.maine.gov

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention link to what you need to know about the flu.
www.cdc.gov

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention link to frequently asked questions about seasonal influenza.
www.cdc.gov

FOOD SAFETY

Maine Emergency Management link provides information on food safety for refrigerated foods.
www.maine.gov

Maine Emergency Management link provides information on food safety for frozen and thawed foods.
www.maine.gov

INFORMATION AND REFERRAL

To obtain more information about statewide health and human resources, Storm Victims are encouraged to dial 2-1-1 or visit the web at
www.211maine.org

MEMA (Maine Emergency Management Agency)

For up to date press releases and other storm related call 1-800-452-8735 or www.maine.gov

MAINE PREPARES

Tips and information on emergency preparedness
www.maine.gov

Preparedness Library Fact Sheets for all emergencies and for specific hazards.
www.maine.gov

MOLD CONTROL

The Environmental Protection Agency link provides Information on basic mold cleanup, things you should know about mold, asthma and mold, floods/flooding, health and mold, indoor air regulation and mold, large buildings and mold, schools and mold and indoor air quality, and other mold related resources.
www.epa.gov

MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITIES

The Maine Office of Multicultural Affairs is available for any questions that relate to the multicultural communities.
www.maine.gov

PET SAFETY

ASPCA link provides disaster preparedness information on rescue alert stickers, arranging for a safe haven, emergency supplies and traveling kits.
www.aspca.org

American Veterinarian Medical Association link provides information on animal disaster plans and resources for veterinarians, pet owners and others interested in the well being of animals.
www.avma.org

How to take care of your pets during emergency planning and emergencies.
www.ready.gov

RETURNING HOME: RECORD-KEEPING

Taking pictures is a very effective way of showing the damage to your property. If you need a camera, remember the disposable cameras you can buy in a grocery or drug store. After an emergency, if you have had to leave your home or your home was damaged in any way, it is important to document all of the costs you have had.

Keep complete records of losses and disaster-related expenses even if you don’t have insurance coverage. These are helpful in applying for State or federal aid that may become available and for allowable income tax deductions. Most disaster losses are deductible for income tax purposes.

Always take pictures of any damages. Photographs of damaged homes or objects are excellent evidence of the impact on your home or possessions.

Include records on the following:

  • All actual losses, including furniture, clothes, paintings, artifacts, food, and equipment, even if you don’t intend to replace them.
  • All disaster-related expenses. This includes the additional cost of living, if any, for your family and you, such as motel and restaurant bills, temporary rental of cars or home rental.
  • Clean-up expenses, rented equipment, and depreciation of equipment purchases.
  • Restoration expenses, including all labor and material purchased and other costs to return your home to its prior condition.
  • After completing your list of losses, have two or three of your neighbors sign the list as witnesses. Make sure they inspect all damaged material, so they can vouch for the list’s accuracy.
  • Try to document the value of each object lost. Include bills of sale, cancelled checks, charge account records or prior insurance evaluations. If you don’t have these, estimate the value, purchase place, and date of purchase. Include this information with your list.
  • After the clean up, make an inventory of your household and document it with pictures or receipts. Keep it in a safe deposit box or in another safe place away from the area.

ROAD CLOSURES

Maine Department of Transportation Travel Information Service provides 5 minute updates. on road closures. Dial 511 or visit website.
www.511maine.gov

SEPTIC SYSTEMS

United States Department of Environmental Protection link provides information on what to do after a flood.
www.epa.gov

SHELTERS

Shelters will be posted as they become available.

STATE OF MAINE

For up to date information on storm details visit
www.maine.gov

TREE SAFETY

Maine Emergency Management link provides information on safety about chain saws, tree chippers, tree trimming and tree removal.
www.maine.gov

VOLUNTEERS

Persons wanting to volunteer should not report directly to the affected areas unless directed by a particular agency.
www.volunteermaine.org

WEATHER

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) link provides weather updates.
www.nws.noaa.gov

WINTER SAFETY: PREVENTING HYPOTHERMIA

Maine Emergency Management link provides information on hypothermia prevention information from the Maine CDC.
www.state.me.us