As hurricanes ravage parts of the South, and we look ahead to storm season, we get advice on preparing for a natural disaster. We’ll discuss climate risk, the increase in more powerful storms, which leads to more flooding and wind damage. We’ll get advice on preparing your home and business, ways to reduce risk, how to make an emergency plan for family and pets, and pre- and post-storm risk mitigation/retrofitting.



In recognition of National Preparedness Month in September, we discuss how individuals, families and communities can be more ready to handle disasters and emergencies throughout the year. Not only are extreme weather-related disasters becoming more frequent, but other emergency situations have become more commonplace in society today. Our guests share tips on how best to prepare for the unexpected.


Emergency Preparedness: What To Do Before Disaster Strikes

Oct 15, 2018
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press File

The devastation caused by Hurricane Michael is yet another reminder about the importance of being prepared in case a disaster strikes. Join us for a conversation about how to get ready for emergencies that may or may not happen.


There have been no large-scale shipments of oil by rail in Maine since last October. But, in a story published by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, such shipments could resume at any time, and that much of the state remains unprepared for a rail oil disaster like the one with struck Lac Megantic, Quebec last July.

Marina Villeneuve, who researched and wrote the story for the center, sat down for a conversation.

Marina Villeneuve's story was published online, and in several Maine newspapers.

  With winter here, now's a good time to make sure you're prepared as best you can be for a possible disaster. Representatives from the Red Cross and Maine Emergency Management Agency answered questions and gave advice on how best to prepare in case a disaster strikes.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by:

Lynette Miller, Communications Director,  Maine Emergency Management Agency

and Paul Clark, Red Cross Disaster Readiness team

  Now that the worst of the storm is over, Mainers are cleaning up after Sandy, but more than 60 thousand Mainers are still without electricity, mostly in York and Cumberland Counties.

Host Keith Shortall spoke with Gail Rice of Central Maine Power about the restoration of power and checked in with the Maine Emergency Management Agency, which is overseeing recovery operations, and with the Coast Guard.

  Hurricane Sandy has the East Coast and Maine in its sights - are you ready for it?

Host Keith Shortall spoke with: 
Robert McAleer, Director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency
Gail Rice of Central Maine Power Company
Maine Things Considered Meteorologist Max Riseman and
Hendricus J. Lulofs, Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service in Gray.