AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- With hurricane season upon us and winter right around the corner, the Maine Emergency Management Agency is reminding people to be prepared for potentially dangerous situations.
Have plans mapped out ahead of time and supplies on hand, because waiting until the last minute is not a good option. When rough weather approaches or other natural disasters occur, being prepared will make your life a lot easier. Take it from someone who knows.
“My family and I have evacuated four separate times. One time out of Hampton Roads, Virginia. Three times out of Southeast Louisiana,” said Garret Hubbard, who now works for the Maine Emergency Management Agency.
One of the evacuations occurred when Hurricane Katrina struck. It left him and his family displaced from their home for 9-weeks. Each time he learned a lesson.
“Unprepared, slightly prepared, not quite prepared, then fully prepared,” he said.
MEMA officials say its just common sense to be prepared.
“Unfortunately, there are many surveys that are done that show people don’t tend to prepare for emergency situations unless they’ve lived through an emergency situation," said MEMA's Susan Faloon.
Have three days worth of supplies on hand. If you are forced to evacuate have a go bag ready, loaded with toiletries, non- perishable food, a flashlight, clothing and other items you may need.
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