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Statewide Response to COVID-19: Maine's Public Safety & Emergency Leaders Respond to The Crisis


This is the second segment of a two-hour Maine Calling, as we continue to cover the pressing issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first segment, click here.

For many, the current restrictions on day to day life imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic have reached a point where it feels like wartime: limited supplies, staying sheltered, loss of income and ability to carry on with normal behavior. We talk with our state leaders about how public safety and emergency management are addressing this crisis situation in Maine.


Michael Sauschuk, commissioner, Maine Department of Public Safety

Maj. Gen. Douglas Farnham, commissioner, Maine’s Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management

Michelle LaBree (call-in), director, Penobscot County Emergency Management


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.