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.

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Gov. Janet Mills discusses the state's response to the coronavirus, including the declaration of civil emergency and ever-tightening precautions. We'll learn what her top priorities are in this challenging time, and how she plans to protect Maine's people and economy from the serious repercussions of this global pandemic.

  This program has been edited for privacy purposes.


Maj. Gen. Douglas A. Farnham has served as Commissioner for the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management since 2016, and was re-appointed by Gov. Janet Mills in 2019.

Farnham also serves as the adjutant general, Maine National Guard.

Farnham will discuss his priorities, from the National Guard to veterans issues to how to deal with weather emergencies and other crises facing Maine.



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
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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.

After the Storm

Nov 2, 2017

In the aftermath of the storm that left half of Maine without power, several experts join us to offer advice and caution about what to do to recover. From warnings about hidden dangers to tips on home repairs to answers to insurance questions, we'll try to address your storm recovery needs--and we'll share your stories.

Guests: Susan Faloon, public information officer with the Maine Emergency Management Agency


Would you know what to do if you lost power for a week or more?  What if a natural disaster strikes - do you have a plan to keep your family safe? We'll learn what the experts recommend for you and your family - what supplies to stock up on, how to best communicate, how to make a plan... and why it's so important to emergency planners that individuals think about this ahead of time.  

  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