Day One of Exercise Vigilant Guard

November 5th, 2013 1:24 PM

Day One of Exercise Vigilant Guard

11/05/2013 08:57 AM EST

 

##Tuesday, November 5, 2013:

Within the exercise scenario, Maine is faced with a simulated major winter storm (ice storm similar to 1998 followed by a blizzard and frigid temperatures), a major structural collapse, several mass casualty and hazardous materials incidents, and security threats, as well as other various scenarios, all happening at the same time.

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be open throughout the exercise, using the scenario as an opportunity to train on emergency procedures. Representatives from most state agencies, several federal agencies and the American Red Cross, coordinate their activities in the EOC.

Today’s major simulated events:

* Brunswick: at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, response to a simulated structure collapse begins. This response will continue around the clock through Thursday. A number of multi-jurisdictional teams will rotate through the site. * Orono: The University of Maine campus will be the site of a hazardous materials threat * Calais: a hazardous materials accident will involve cross-border response * Augusta: a security incident will bring responders to the State House complex (late afternoon into evening).

At any of these sites, and others over the next few days, the public may see emergency or military vehicles, or groups of uniformed responders. Exercise vehicles will not be using lights or sirens.

##About the Exercise:

The exercise is part of a series of training events sponsored by the U.S. Northern Command and the National Guard Bureau aimed at improving command, control and operational relationships with local, state and regional civilian and military emergency response partners. The main focus is interagency coordination in the event of domestic emergencies and catastrophic events.

The agencies will be pushed to use their knowledge and expertise accessing storm damages, hazmat identification, decontamination, search and rescue, patient extraction, triage, and other emergency-response measures. Just as in real life, these fictional events will create consequences that will require additional emergency intervention.

Attorney General Mills Warns Door-to-Door Meat Sales are a Recipe for Deception

November 5th, 2013 1:19 PM

OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 5, 2013

 

Attorney General Mills Warns Door-to-Door Meat Sales are a Recipe for Deception

 

AUGUSTA – Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills is warning Mainers about fraudulent door-to-door meat sellers who have been active in the state recently. The sellers claim the meat is left over from a delivery that fell through.  They say you can buy the meat at extremely low prices, but the meat turns out to be very expensive and low-quality — and they won’t allow you to cancel.

Often the scammer tells you a local restaurant “couldn’t take the whole order,” or that a neighbor to whom the meat was to be delivered was not home. Such come-on lines usually are completely false. They just lead you to think you can get a great bargain — if you make a snap decision to buy. That’s a recipe for deception.  Such scam-artists often fail to obtain required licenses, and they often fail to give customers the required written and oral three-day cancellation notices.

Follow these tips to avoid being cheated by door-to-door meat or food sellers:

  • Be wary of door-to-door meat and seafood sellers who stop unannounced. There are some legitimate companies that sell food door to door (especially those that come to deliver orders placed by consumers), but you need to be very careful.
  • Shop for the best prices — and focus on price per pound. Don’t be swayed by price-per-serving claims. That’s a meaningless and bogus comparison.
  • Insist on written notification of your three-day right to cancel. Maine law gives you three business days to cancel a purchase at your door, and get a full refund.  The law also requires the seller to tell you of this right, and to give you two written notices of the right. Don’t buy from any door-to-door seller who does not give you the proper cancellation notices.
  • Licensing is the law.  All door-to-door sellers must be licensed or have a permanent place of business in Maine.  The seller is required to carry a copy of this license during door-to-door sales.  Ask to see a copy of the salesman’s license issued by the Maine State Department of Professional and Financial Regulation and any local permits required by the town.  All transactions over $25 require a written receipt with the sellers license number/
  • Write down license plate numbers and descriptions. Help law enforcement officials by recording pertinent information about these scam-artists and contacting your local authorities. Some sellers may be wanted in other states or localities.

Some door-to-door food sellers are legitimate. To check whether complaints have been received against a company — or to report a door-to-door food scam contact the Maine Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-436-2131 or 626-8849 Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – noon and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. or by email at consumer.mediation@maine.gov.

 

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Maine Army National Guard – MEMA Announce Emergency Preparedness Exercise

November 4th, 2013 11:56 AM

The Maine Army National Guard and Maine Emergency Management Agency announced the Maine Vigilant Guard exercise 2013 will kick off Tuesday, Nov. 5. National Guard soldiers and airmen, first-responders, emergency managers and voluntary agencies will conduct large-scale training exercises at venues across the state.

The University of Maine will host one of the exercises on the Orono campus Nov. 5–6. UMaine will provide a mock laboratory in Holmes Hall where emergency response teams will practice investigating and eliminating risks that might arise in real-life settings. Maine National Guard and local first-responder units, including the Orono Fire Department, will be on campus for the two-day event. UMaine’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) also will be activated.

The Vigilant Guard exercise is part of a series of training sponsored by the U.S. Northern Command and the National Guard Bureau aimed at improving command, control, operational relationships and interagency coordination with local, state and regional civilian and military emergency response partners.

A Maine Army National Guard news release describing the statewide exercise is available online.

Emergency Preparedness Training Exercise on Campus Nov. 5-6

October 30th, 2013 1:46 PM

An emergency preparedness training exercise with the National Guard will be held on the University of Maine campus Nov. 5–6.

UMaine will provide a mock laboratory in Holmes Hall where emergency response teams will practice investigating and eliminating risks that might arise in real-life settings. Maine National Guard and local first-responder units, including the Orono Fire Department, will be on campus for the two-day event. UMaine’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) also will be activated.

The response team members will wear protective gear and use necessary equipment to follow protocols for the emergency simulation.

The National Guard Bureau and the United States Northern Command, along with civilian first responders and local governments throughout the country, conduct Vigilant Guard four times annually. This year, UMaine was asked to host the New England Vigilant Guard exercise, designed to simulate emergency scenarios and practice response plans.

During the exercise, UMaine community members will be allowed to observe from outside the marked boundaries. The simulated emergency at Holmes Hall is expected to require rerouting of vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

For more information, contact Wayne Maines, UMaine’s director of safety and environmental management, at 207.581.4055.

UMaine Police Department alert to the campus community

October 1st, 2013 4:59 PM

The University of Maine Police Department is alerting the UMaine community about a report of public indecency that allegedly occurred on the University Bike Trail Sept. 30.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., a man on the trail near University Park reportedly exposed himself. The man is described as a white male in his early 20s, black hair, average height and weight, wearing a black Under Armour-style shirt and black running shorts.

UMaine PD asks members of the community to report any incidents of suspicious behavior or inappropriate sexual activity by calling 9-1-1 or 581-4040.

On-line Property Registration

February 9th, 2012 1:35 PM

Secure, on-line property registration is now available through UMaine PD and UMaine IT. Click on the Property Registration link on the right side of the screen or click here Property Registration