Mainers urged to prepare for emergencies

5:51 PM, Aug 27, 2012   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- With Tropical Storm Isaac about to become a hurricane and bearing down on the Louisiana coast, Maine emergency officials remind Mainers that they should always be prepared for a major catastrophe here.

Rob McAleer of Maine Emergency Management Agency says Mainers should know where they would go should an emergency happen here. "You don't want to be one of those folks who is lining up with the grocery cart when the wind is beginning blow and the trees are going down," he told NEWS CENTER.

Two dozen Mainers have already headed for the gulf.  Eunice Mommens of the American Red Cross said those people are trained nurses, shelter workers, operations experts and Emergency Response Vehicle drivers.  Those people will be deployed for as much as three weeks.

The American Red Cross is always looking for volunteers who would be available to work on similar disasters.  They offer training and travel expenses, but no pay.  Any one interested in learning more should call the American Red Cross at 874-1192.


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