Weather related links
an excellent link with an easy-to-read wind chill chart & everything you ever
wanted to know about preparing for, and being safe in very cold weather.
We may think of wildfire as a Western event but look around at where we
never occur when expected and often families are fragmented with adults in one
place and one or more of the children somewhere else. It is important that
everyone understands there is a second location where all are to meet up
eventually. This may be the home of a relative or close friend within a few
miles from home.
The sudden order to evacuate leaves many homeowners in a quandary as to which of
their cherished possessions to load into the car. Consider keeping some of them
permanently in a safe deposit box or fireproof safe to reduce the number of
things to take away during evacuation. The confusion around fires can be
terrifying, and a list prepared ahead of time for quick consultation assists in
gathering up these essential items with the least amount of stress:
Legal documents These include birth certificates, deeds, stock
certificates and other essential paperwork. Discuss with your accountant and/or
attorney about which ones are most important. This also applies to your fire
insurance papers too because you will need them if your home or property is damaged
Mementos. Heirlooms, art work and other keepsakes.
Jewelry and other valuables. Gold, precious stones, coins, fine art,
family silver, antiques etc
Computer Files. If you have an office at home or store vital records and
data in your computer, be sure to keep all your files backed up on CDs or other
media. There may not be room to take the computer with you, but a pocketful of
discs ensures you preserve your data.
Emergency Pet Preparedness
It's 3:00 A.M. You're shocked awake by the doorbell. You
stumble to the door and open it to see a police officer. He warns you an out of
control fire threatens your community. You have 10 minutes to evacuate your
house and head for safety. You've got to prepare yourself, your family, and your
pets and clear out fast!
Would you be prepared for this situation? What about a disaster that gives no
obvious warning, like a severe earthquake? If a fire, flood, earthquake, storm,
or other disaster ever strikes your community, you might not have access to
food, water, electricity, and phone service for days, or even weeks. You may
have to leave your home suddenly, or stay in your house for a period of time.
By taking time now to store emergency food, water, and other essential supplies,
you can provide for your entire family, including your furry loved ones.
If you have to leave home suddenly, collect your wits and your
pets. The behavior of pets may change dramatically after any
disaster. Normally quiet and friendly cats and dogs may become aggressive or
defensive. Watch animals closely. If your animals are outdoors, bring them
inside (place a leash on dogs). Your pet is very attuned to your emotional
state. Try to keep your cool so your pets don't panic. Speak firmly but calmly.
Once they are in the house, you may want to place them in a separate room or in
carriers so they don't become panicked by all the activity.
If you are being directed to an emergency shelter, note that your pets may not
be allowed into these shelters for health and space reasons. In this case,
prepare an emergency pen for pets in your home that includes at least a
three-day supply of dry food and a large container of water.
If you cannot locate your animals and have to go, leave as much water and food
inside or outside for them as possible. (It is a good idea to have a feeder and
waterer on hand that will last for several days or more.) Also place a sign on
your door, in case emergency workers in the area find your pet. Include an
address and phone number, for example, that of a close relative or friend. and a
picture of your pets, if readily available.
If you're prepared, you can load your short-term (three days or more) emergency
store into your car, load the pets, and go within minutes.
Don't Leave Home without It: Disaster Pet Supply Kit
In an emergency, there's no time to gather food from the kitchen, fill
bottles with water, grab a first-aid kit from the closet and snatch a flashlight
and a portable radio from the bedroom. You need to have these items packed and
ready in one place before disaster hits.
Pack at least a three-day supply of food and water for yourself and your
animals, and store it in a handy place. Choose pet foods that are easy to carry,
nutritious, and ready-to-eat. In addition, pack these emergency items for your
Medical supplies and first aid manual
Copies of health records
Pet food and treats
Can opener, disposable utensils
Pet first aid kit- probably same as yours
Pet hygiene items (brush, shampoo)
Pet carrier(s) with ID tag
Pooper scooper (dogs) & bags for disposal
Litter box and litter/scooper (cats)
Collar/ID, harness and lead (cats)
Your kit should contain at least a three-day supply of any medications your
pet normally takes. Any additional 1st aid products can come from the family's
first aid kit.
It is very important that your pets can be identified in case you are
separated from them. Make sure cats and dogs have a collar with identification
tag, even if they have had a chip implant. (In an emergency, scanning devices
may not be available.)
Also be sure to put an ID tag on your pet carriers. Include emergency contact
numbers as well as your own.
Another good idea is to place pet emergency stickers on your windows at home, to
notify emergency crews that you have pets inside that should be rescued. These
are available at many pet stores.
Traveling with Pets
Always place cats in a carrier when traveling, even short distances. You may
want to place your dogs in carriers as well. You can give them a few drops of
Rescue Remedy (a natural herbal combination that calms nerves) before you leave.
Be sure your pets are wearing their collars and ID tags and that their carriers
have ID tags as well with emergency contact numbers.
If your pets will travel in a carrier, it is a good idea to have a water
container inside the container with a small amount of water (to prevent
spillage). Many carriers come with plastic dishes that attach to the door.
If the disaster forces you to stay home and be self sufficient, you'll need
to have emergency stores of pet food and supplies.
Water: The Absolute Necessity
Stocking water reserves and learning how to purify contaminated water should be
among your top priorities in preparing for an emergency. You should store at
least a two-week supply of water for each member of your family, including pets.
Food: Preparing an Emergency Stockpile
If activity is reduced, healthy pets can survive on less than their usual
food intake for an extended period. Food, unlike water, may be rationed safely.
Store the dry and canned foods your pet is accustomed to eating. Familiar foods
are important. They are less likely to cause your pet digestive problems and can
give them a feeling of security in time of stress. Also, canned foods won't
require cooking, water, or special preparation. Following are recommended
short-term and long-term food storage plans.
Food Storage Tips
Keep food in the driest and coolest spot in the house-a dark area if possible.
Keep food covered at all times. Open food bags/boxes or cans carefully so that
you can close them tightly after each use. Wrap biscuits in plastic bags and
keep them in airtight containers. Inspect all food containers for signs of
spoilage before use.
Short-Term Food Supplies
Even though it is unlikely an emergency would cut off your food supply for two
weeks, you should prepare a supply that will last that long. A two-week supply
can relieve a great deal of inconvenience and uncertainty until services are
The easiest way to develop a two-week stockpile is to increase the amount of pet
foods you normally keep on your shelves. You may already have a two-week supply
of food on hand. Make sure you include a manual can opener and disposable
Individual/Family 72 Hour Disaster Supplies Calendar
(excel) for a plan which won't be a burden on your
How to Store Your Short-Term Stockpile
Keep canned foods in a dry place where the temperature is fairly cool-not above
70 degrees Fahrenheit and not below freezing. To protect bagged/boxed foods from
pests and extend their shelf life, store them in tightly closed cans or metal
Be sure to rotate your emergency pet food supply. Use foods before they go bad,
and replace them with fresh supplies, dated with ink or marker. Canned foods
should be rotated at least once or twice per year. Check the pet food packages
for expiration dates; use and replace them before they expire. Place new items
at the back of the storage area and older ones in front.
Your emergency food supply should be of the highest quality possible. Inspect
your reserves periodically to make sure there are no broken seals or dented
Long-Term Pet Food Supplies
In the unlikely event of a military attack or some other national disaster, you
may need long-term emergency pet food supplies. The best approach is to store a
variety of dried and canned foods with large amounts of staples from which you
can make pet food.
Pet food shelf life varies. Here is a general guideline:
Canned food = 2 years from manufacture date (some are 3 years).
Dry food = 1 year from manufacture date (except Lamb-6 mos).
Treats = 1 year from manufacture date.
Animals in Disaster (Humane Society of the United States)
Prepare for Spring
The Flood of 1987 was devastating to many business and families in Maine. It's
easy to forget just how devastating. This photo, from Water and Bond Streets
in Augusta, is a reminder. MDOT photo.
Spring is mud season. Spring is "frost heave" season. We're also accustomed
to thinking of spring as "flood season" in Maine. Although floods can come at
any time, in the late winter and early spring we have snow, frozen ground, no
leaves on the trees and ice in rivers, all of which increase the risk of
flooding when spring rains arrive.
Here are some useful links for "flood season", along with entries from our
own library for flood safety and preparedness. And remember, a Maine spring also
often features winter-like storms, so don't lose touch with
Winter Safety Tips.
Flood: A temporary overflow of water onto lands not normally covered
by water and that are used or usable by man, producing measurable property
damage/destruction or forcing evacuation of people and vital resources.
Flash: Quickly rising small streams after heavy rains, ice jams, or rapid
Riverine/Riparian/Ice Jam: Periodic overbank flow of rivers and streams.
Urban: Overflow of storm sewer systems, usually due to poor drainage,
following heavy rain or rapid snow melt.
There are eight major rivers, more than 5,000 streams
and brooks, 6,000 ponds and lakes, and 3,500 miles of coastline in Maine which
are vulnerable to the effects of flooding. While minor to moderate flooding may
occur at any time, major flooding has frequently occurred when heavy rains and
rapidly melting snow and ice have caused flooding; when ice jams have restricted
the natural run-off of water; or where high winds, heavy rain or snow, and
higher than normal wind-driven tides have combined to cause heavy coastal
damage. Residential and commercial development within the flood plain areas or
near the ocean have contributed to the increased losses from flooding
situations. Historically, minor to moderate flooding occurs annually and those
areas affected are prepared to deal with it. Major flooding, while less
frequent, has occurred and major property damage has resulted.
Here are some facts you may not know:
As little as two feet of
water will float most cars and small trucks. If
your vehicle begins to float, you lose complete control over the vehicle. If
your vehicle stalls in a flooded roadway, abandon it immediately and seek
higher ground. The water may sweep the vehicle and its occupants away.
Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are
On October 21, 1996, 4 to 19 inches of rain caused very
serious flooding in New Hampshire and western Maine. In Scarborough, Maine,
one man drowned when he drove his car into a flooded roadway. Unknown to the
man, the road had already been washed away.
In 2004, in Gardiner, a man died when attempting to kayak in a swollen
stream. Rushing flood water may look exciting to the amateur canoeist or
boater, but it has incredible power and may be carrying hidden debris.
some flood/flash flood safety tips:
Never drive a car into a flooded roadway. Nearly half of all flash flood
fatalities are vehicle related.
Keep away from streams during heavy rainfall events. Swiftly moving water
is extremely powerful and can easily overpower a person.
Do not attempt recreational boating in flood water. The power of the
water, and the chance of heavy debris being swept along, make this extremely
Keep children and pets inside and away from flooded streets, culverts, and
Report any flooding to the appropriate authorities.
Obey all road blocks and barriers, even if the flooding has receded. Flood
waters may have undercut the road surface or left dangerous debris in the
If you live in a flood prone area,
plan in case the water starts rising quickly.
advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
Prepares: Display Fact Sheet
a Super Duper link
with very useful information on::::
Maine Prepares: A Special Supplement to local papers on:
Individual/Family 72 Hour Disaster Supplies Calendar
(excel) Using the calendar, your family can
assemble an emergency kit it small steps over a six-month period. If you have
trouble accessing this form please contact our office an we will be happy to
mail you a copy.
Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
(IS-22) is FEMA�s most comprehensive source on individual, family, and community
preparedness. The guide has been revised, updated, and enhanced in August 2004
to provide the public with the most current and up-to-date disaster preparedness
Copies of Are You Ready? are available at no cost through the FEMA
publications warehouse (1.800.480.2520). Call today to get your copy!!
What to do, what to do!
What is "Pandemic Flu"?
- A "pandemic" is when a disease is spread from person to person
throughout the world.
- A "pandemic flu" occurs when a new influenza virus (which we call
"flu") spreads easily and very quickly, making a lot of people throughout
the world sick.
- Some doctors and scientists are worried that a pandemic flu will make
a lot of people very sick. They are also concerned that someday the Avian
Flu (also called "bird flu") could become "contagious" (spread from person
to person) and become a pandemic.
But that has NOT happened yet! At this time, Avian Flu can ONLY be spread by
birds who have it; so a sick bird could give Avian Flu to another bird or to a
person who handles the sick bird, but it CANNOT be spread from one person to
What can YOU do to help?
We can get vaccinations (shots or medicine) to protect us from some diseases
like measles, tetanus, and some kinds of flu. But sometimes a new flu spreads so
quickly that doctors and scientists do not have enough time to develop a vaccine
to keep us from getting sick. When that happens, it is important to stay away
from people who may have the flu. And if you are sick, it is important to make
sure you do not spread flu germs to someone else.
So if there is a flu pandemic before there is a vaccine, people may need to
stay home for some time so they do not get the flu from someone else. That is
why it makes good sense to BE PREPARED before anything happens in your
neighborhood. You and your family can plan ahead for many emergency situations
by using the following checklist!
- Stock at least a two (2) week supply of water and food. During a pandemic,
if the people who take care of our water supplies are sick, water may not be
available. If people are told to stay home or if you are sick yourself, you
may not be able to get to a store. Even if you can get to a store, it may be
out of supplies if the people who run the store or the people who supply
products to the store are sick or required to stay home. So it is important
for you and your family to have extra food and water on hand. And, of course,
extra food and water would also come in handy for other types of emergencies,
like when the power is out due to a major storm like
- Stored foods should be "non-perishable" (that means they should stay
good for a long time without needing to be in a refrigerator). They should
also be easy to prepare in case you are unable to cook, and they should
require little or no water to prepare so that you can save your water for
drinking. Here are some ideas for non-perishable foods to have on hand:
- Ready-to-eat canned meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, beans, and
- Canned juices
- Canned or jarred baby food and formula
- Fluids with electrolytes (minerals that help keep your body's fluid
levels in balance), like Gatorade or, for babies, something like Pedialyte
- Bottled water
- Protein or fruit bars
- Dry cereal or granola
- Peanut butter or nuts
- Dried fruit
- Pet foods (don't forget your furry and feathered friends!)
- Ask your parents or guardians to fill out a
Emergency Health Information Sheet and an
Emergency Contacts Form. And talk with family members and loved ones about
how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care
for them in your home.
- Keep a good supply of prescription and nonprescription medicines and other
health supplies that are needed often, including pain relievers (like
aspirin), medicines for an upset stomach, cough and cold medicines, and
vitamins. Here are some ideas for medical, health, and emergency supply items
to have on hand if you have to stay at home for some time:
- Needed medical supplies like glucose (blood sugar) and
blood-pressure monitoring equipment, if you regularly need to check your
blood sugar or blood pressure
- Soap and water or hand wash
- Medicines for fever
- Anti-diarrhea medicine
- Fluids with electrolytes, like sport drinks
- Portable radio
- Manual can opener
- Garbage bags
- Tissues, toilet paper, disposable diapers
|Don't forget to create your own personal comfort pack! Include a
favorite book, stuffed animal, toy, coloring and activity books, or
other things that will help you feel calm and comfortable during an
|And here is a
for you to print and put in your comfort pack!
Stay Healthy and Protect Others Too!
There are many things you can do EVERY day to help limit the spread of germs
and prevent infection! Here are some good health tips for you and your friends
- Eat a well balanced
diet, including plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole grain
products. Also eat low-fat dairy products (milk, yogurt, cheese, ice
cream!), lean meats, poultry, fish, and beans.
- Drink plenty of water and go easy on salt, sugar, and saturated fat.
- Exercise on a
regular basis and get plenty of rest!
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If
you are caught off guard and have no tissue, cough or sneeze into the
crook of your arm (bend of the elbow) or your sleeve. You could also use
your hand to cover your mouth, BUT ONLY if you can wash your hands with
soap and water right away, before touching anything else. This
should help you and your friends and family remember how important it is
to "Cover Your Mouth and Turn Your Head".
- Put used tissues in a waste basket.
- Stay away from others who are sick as much as you can.
- Stay at home if you are sick. You should not go visiting, to school,
to play, or to special events when you are sick. That is the time to stay
home with a good book or some other fun indoor activity that you feel well
enough to do.
TO SAVE SOMEONE YOU LOVE
Mickey Eisenberg M.D.
1998 - 2006 Learn CPR
This site teaches us how to
perform CPR on our furry and feathered friends!
CPR & Emergencies
for our pets
A testament to the power of love-
Owner says dog saved her with 'Heimlich'
Toby, a 2-year-old golden retriever, saw his owner choking on a piece of fruit
up and down on the woman's chest. The dog's owner believes the dog was trying
perform the Heimlich maneuver and saved her life. Debbie Parkhurst, 45, of
Cecil Whig she was eating an apple at her home Friday when a piece lodged in her
throat. She attempted to perform the Heimlich maneuver on herself but it didn't
began beating on her chest, she said Toby noticed and got involved. "The next
knew, Toby was up on his hind feet and he got his front paws on my shoulders,"
pushed me to the ground, and once I was on my back, he began jumping up and down
my chest." That's when the apple dislodged and Toby started licking her face to
from passing out, she said. "I literally have paw print-shaped bruises on my
chest. I'm still a
little hoarse, but otherwise, I'm OK. The doctor said I probably wouldn't
here without Toby," said Parkhurst, a jewelry artist. "I keep looking at him and
'You're amazing.'Now, if Toby can do it, so