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In Maine, hurricanes don't happen often, but they can be devastating when they do.

Hi. This is Governor Paul LePage.

As Hurricane Irene slides up the East Coast, it bears reminding that we must prepare ourselves in the case of an emergency.

The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense.

Weather conditions change by the minute in Maine so I am asking you to stay informed.

Hurricanes especially are difficult to predict when they come this far north. Pay close attention to weather forecasts, and make your emergency preparations early, before the storm hits.

Storms from the past that had impact on Maine are: Carol and Edna in 1954, Donna in 1960, Gloria in 1985, and Bob in 1991. In 2009, three people were swept out to sea at Acadia National Park as a result of Hurricane Bill’s storm surge near Thunder Hole. Unfortunately, a 7 year old girl died.
As Irene approaches the hazards may come in a variety of forms, including storm surge, heavy rains, high winds and flooding.

Never drive through a flooded roadway and please cooperate with any local restrictions, like closed roads or closed access to beaches. Your local responders are concerned for your safety.

Take care of your family, and then think about neighbors and friends who may need help. Maine people help each other. When families and neighborhoods are able to take care of themselves, local responders can turn to those who need them the most.

Maine has thousands of recreational and working sea-going boats. If you’re a mariner, be safe and have a plan.

The Maine Emergency Management Agency or MEMA is a great resource for preparedness information. You can find safety tips at their website www.MainePrepares.com

MEMA officials deal with disasters that affect the lives and property of the people of Maine and getting the word out about preparedness is a major factor for MEMA staff.

They have been tracking Irene and will continue to do so. We hope you will keep an eye on the storm as well.

Again their website is www.MainePrepares.com

Thank you for listening this week. Enjoy the weekend, and please, stay safe.

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