While many in Maine have become accustomed to our harsh winter weather that does not make it any less dangerous. Winter weather including, ice, snow and sleet can cause widespread damage, power outages, slippery roads and often comes with high winds.

richmond in winterPrepare now before winter comes:
  • Check to make sure your home is insulated and make changes to keep pipes from freezing and drafts from entering.
  • Gather things like candles, matches, flashlights, batteries, pet supplies and medications for family members in case you are without power for several days.
  • Create a kit for your vehicle including a flashlight, blankets, flares, water and snacks. 
  • Learn how to recognize signs of frostbite and hypothermia
  • Sign up for a community alerting system. Sagadahoc County utilizes CodeRED which is free to use and sign up for. The National Weather Service will also distribute weather alerts
During a Storm:
  • Stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. If you must travel do so cautiously. If you become trapped in your vehicle DO NOT leave it.
  • Only use a generator in accordance to it's power output. Never use one in an enclosed area or near a window.
  • Use caution when shoveling, using a snow blower or plowing. Heavy exertion can exacerbate medical condition while snow blowers and plows have sharp and mechanical parts that can easily cause injury
Winter Recreation:
  • If going out on a snowmobile, always wear a helmet and tell others of your route and when you plan on reaching your destination.
  • When going out on ice ensure that the ice is thick enough for the activity. Remember that bodies of water that have currents take much longer and colder temperatures to safely freeze.