County emergency management personnel have checked all their equipment — radios, generators and the like — and are now prepared to see what exactly Tropical Storm Irene will bring when its winds and rains arrive on the coast of Maine.

“All systems have been tested, and now we wait and see what we get from this,” said Waldo County Emergency Management Agency Director Dale Rowley, late Sunday morning.

A shelter has been opened on Islesboro, at the school there, and Rowley said another shelter is on standby at the Mount View School in Thorndike, should it prove necessary.

“We’re prepared to transport people to a shelter, if they need that,” said Rowley. He said if someone needs to leave their home for a shelter, but can’t get there themselves, they should call 911 or Waldo County EMA at 338-3870, and arrangements will be made to pick them up.

“We’ll come get them,” said Rowley.

Rowley said if demand for a shelter is not that great, people who need a place to stay may be put up in a hotel, instead, because that can be a cheaper option. He said to get a Red Cross shelter up and running requires as many as 15 to 20 people.

When contacted by VillageSoup, Rowley was preparing for a conference call with municipal emergency management officials from around the county. He said local officials are prepared to file damage assessments in the wake of the storm, should that prove necessary.

Asked if there were specific roads or neighborhoods that officials are keeping a particularly close eye on, Rowley listed the following locations from around Waldo County:

• Harbors in all of the county’s coastal communities

• Frankfort Village

• Islesboro (the entire island)

• Lincolnville Beach

• Cape Jellison in Stockton Springs

• Mack Point in Searsport

Rowley also said officials will be keeping an eye on Route 220 in Montville, near the Frye Mountain entrance, as that is an area that tends to flood when there is a lot of rain.