Storm-related closings, postponements; state, CMP advisories
Offices are closing and events around Waldo County are being rescheduled because of the nor'easter expected to continue into tomorrow. Maine Emergency Management Agency and Central Maine Power Co. have issued advisories.
Tiny House program postponed
The Tiny House panel discussion scheduled for tonight at Belfast Free Library has been postponed until Tuesday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m.
The Lincolnville Town Office closed at noon today. It will reopen at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 15.
The Searsport Town Office, Library and Transfer Station closed at noon today because of the storm.
Montville EMS info session
An Emergency Medical Services talk scheduled for tonight, March 14, has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 23, 7 p.m., Walker School Gym. This informational meeting concerns town support for Emergency Medical Services and funding, which will be on the town warrant.
The Montville town meeting will be held Saturday, March 25.
Empty Bowls 2017 in Unity
Unity Barn Raisers and Veggies For All’s Empty Bowls benefit supper scheduled for tonight, March 14, at Maine Farmland Trust’s Unity Food Hub has been postponed a day, to Wednesday, March 15, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The Winter Presentation and Concert scheduled for Wednesday night, March 15, at Lincolnville Community Library has been postponed a week to Wednesday, March 22, at 7 p.m.
Ukulele strumming group
The weekly Tuesday evening gathering at the Boathouse is canceled March 14.
MEMA storm advisory
Maine Emergency Management Agency is monitoring the late winter storm that is expected to bring as much as 18 inches of snow across the state.
MEMA Director Bruce Fitzgerald recommends making preparations before the storm arrives:
- Ensuring generators and alternate heat sources are in good working condition and properly installed.
- Checking smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working properly.
- Making a Family Communications Plan. It is important to know how to contact one another if your family isn’t together when the storm begins and to know how and where to reunite.
- Assembling an emergency preparedness kit with enough food, water, medication, flashlights, batteries and other supplies necessary for at least three days.
- Obtaining a NOAA Weather Radio which broadcasts alerts and warnings directly from the NWS for all hazards.
- Subscribing to Emergency and Safety messages at MainePrepares.com.
- Downloading FEMA’s Be Smart. Know Your Alerts and Warnings for a summary of notifications at: www.ready.gov/prepare. Free smart phone apps, such as those available from FEMA and the American Red Cross, provide information about finding shelters, providing first aid, and seeking assistance for recovery.
- Bringing pets/companion animals inside during winter weather and moving other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
Those who can avoid travel should do so. If you do have to drive, you should update the emergency kits in your vehicles with the items below and be sure to let someone know when and where you will be traveling and when you expect to arrive at your destination.
- A shovel
- Windshield scraper and small broom
- Battery powered radio
- Extra batteries
- Snack food
- Extra hats, socks and mittens
- First aid kit with pocket knife
- Necessary medications
- Tow chain or rope
- Road salt and sand
- Booster cables
- Emergency flares
- Fluorescent distress flag
For additional preparedness, shelter and safety information, visit MainePrepares.com, or visit MEMA on Facebook or Twitter.
CMP recommends that, before a storm strikes, customers enroll in the free CMP Alerts service, which provides the latest information about power outages by text message, email, or voice message.
- Keep battery-operated flashlights and radios on hand, along with supplies of drinking water and non-perishable foods.
- Make sure that smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices are fully charged.
- Fill your car’s fuel tank.
During a power interruption:
- Power outages can be reported on line at CMP’s mobile-friendly website (https://m.cmpco.com/mt/ecmp.cmpco.com/WebOutage) or by calling 800-696-1000. Our systems automatically create a work order and set the stage for dispatch of crews to the outage location.
- Bookmark the Outage Central page at http://www.cmpco.com/Outages/default.html (mobile friendly at https://m.cmpco.com/mt/www.cmpco.com) and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for current outage and safety information.
- When using an emergency heating source, like a wood stove, fireplace, or kerosene heater, keep fuels away from the flames and be sure to ventilate properly.
- Never use grills or camp stoves indoors — they can give off dangerous gases.
- Keep refrigerators and freezers closed as much as possible. Most food will last 24 hours or longer if you minimize the opening of refrigerator and freezer doors.
- Turn off or unplug major appliances to avoid overloading circuits when power is restored.
For customers with generators:
- Hire a licensed electrician to install permanent generators and transfer switches.
- Properly ground all portable generators.
- Carefully read and observe all instructions in your generator’s operating manual.
- Never run a generator indoors, or even in an open garage.
- If your carbon monoxide detector goes off – get out of the building immediately and call 911.
- Do not store fuel indoors or try to refuel a generator while it’s running.
- Refer to CMP’s web page on generator safety: http://www.cmpco.com/UsageAndSafety/electricalsafety/GeneratorSafety/default.html
- Visit cmpco.com/Outages/storm_safety.html for additional storm safety information.
- After power is restored:
- Turn on appliances and sensitive electronic equipment one at a time to avoid overloading circuits.
- If a basement or home was flooded, have an electrician check the home before contacting CMP to have services turned on.
- Replenish any emergency supplies used during the storm.
The company urges customers to use caution if they see downed lines.
“Everyone should stay clear of any downed power lines or fallen trees that may be tangled in the lines,” said CMP Spokesperson Gail Rice. “All downed lines should be considered live and dangerous. Customers should leave the clean-up to our crews, who are trained and equipped to handle these situations safely.”
CMP also reminds drivers to use caution when approaching utility crews. The working conditions are difficult, and the workers appreciate everyone’s consideration for their safety.
Additional information on storm safety and restoration, including a town-by-town listing of outages in the CMP service area with an area map, can be found on CMP’s website at cmpco.com.