Recent guidance shows that Hurricane Lee is tracking towards the New Brunswick Canada coast (updated – previous reports held the possibility of the Maine coast) and while it may not be as powerful as some past hurricanes, the storm may still have an impact on our region in a few days’ time. Many of you are familiar with winter storms, but it’s important to reflect on your preparedness plans for all potential events. is a great resource to utilize with information on planning ahead, creating evacuation routes, considerations for pets and animals and safety tips.

Business owners, check out’s business toolkits to inform your plans.

And remember, in the event of strong storm conditions stay off the roads as much as possible.

**Important safety reminder for those with generators:

  • Place generators at least 20 feet away from your home, downwind away from open doors, windows and vents.
  • Turn the generator off before refueling and allow it to cool for 15-20 minutes.
  • Never try to power the house wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet; instead, use a heavy-duty, outdoor extension cord to plug appliances into generators.
  • Do not use generators in rain or wet conditions.
  • Place a fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Get a carbon monoxide monitor for your home.

Safety Tips from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: