News, Media & Events: Maine

Preparedness Tips

  • Floods: A few inches of water in a 1,000-square foot home could cost more than $10,000 in repairs and replacement of personal possessions. Homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover most floods. Learn more.
  • Hurricanes:  Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. Make sure everyone in your household knows your hurricane plans, evacuation routes, and has several ways to receive alerts. There are also things you can do to strengthen your home ahead of time. Learn more.
  • Extreme heat: Learn to recognize the signs of heat illness, especially for older adults, children and sick or overweight individuals who are at greater risk. You can also take steps to weatherize your home ahead of time to keep the heat out. When dealing with excessive heat be sure to drink lots of water, avoid strenuous activity in the middle of the day and never leave children or pets in the car. Learn more.
  • Thunderstorms and lightning: Strengthen your home by cutting down or trimming trees that may be in danger of falling on your home. Sign up for your community’s warning system and when the thunder roars, go indoors and avoid using electronic devices and running water. Learn more.
  • Tornadoes: Sign up for your community’s warning system. If under a tornado warning, immediately go to a safe shelter such as a small, interior, windowless room or basement on the lowest level of a sturdy building. Learn more.

Press Releases and Fact Sheets

L'Agence fédérale de gestion des urgences peut fournir deux types d'assistance à la suite d'une déclaration présidentielle de catastrophe : l’aide publique et l'aide individuelle. Ces deux programmes sont indépendants l'un de l'autre.
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Pour les familles et les ménages touchés par la violente tempête et les inondations du 17 au 21 décembre, le programme pour les particuliers et les ménages (IHP) de la FEMA n'indemnise peut-être pas tout ce qui a été perdu ou endommagé par la catastrophe, mais il peut contribuer au rétablissement. Voici quelques points à garder à l'esprit :
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Survivors of the severe storm and flooding from Dec. 17-21, 2023 living in Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford or Somerset counties may have reported damage to the State of Maine, or registered for assistance from a community organization. However, to receive federal assistance for your recovery you must apply directly with FEMA or the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
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