The Maine Emergency Management Agency offered several suggestions for people to prepare ahead of the coming storm:

• Check that your emergency kit includes supplies needed for several days without power, including food, water, and hand sanitizer. Also consider medications, pet food or other special needs.

• Get the latest alerts and warnings on your smartphone by downloading the free FEMA app or National Weather Service app.

• Ensure cellphones are enabled to receive National Weather Service Wireless Emergency Alerts for tornadoes, flash flooding and other emergency situations.

• Charge cellphones and other electronic devices. Have flashlights for every household member.

• Determine local evacuation routes.


• Bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.

• Ensure generators are properly installed, fueled, and in good working order. Never use a generator indoors.

• Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges. Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

• In the event of a power outage, keep freezers and refrigerators closed. A refrigerator will keep food cold for four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. If you are in doubt, monitor temperatures with a thermometer and throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.

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