Portland Activates Emergency Operations Center; Expo Shelter Remains Open

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By Carol McCracken (Post # 866)

The City has just announced that it has activiated its Emergency Operations Center (EDC) to coordinate a citywide response to Irene. Respresentatives from all essential departments including Fire, Police, Public Information, Public Services, Facilities Management, Health and Human Services, the Portland International Jetport and the City Manager’s Office are on hand and working diligently to ensure a well organized storm response and clean-up effort.

Last night, the City of Portland opened a shelter at the Portland Exposition Building, 239 Park Avenue and as of 10 am this morning, sixteen residents had sought shelter. The Expo is equipped with basic necessities including food, water, cots and public restrooms and will remain open throughout the duration of the storm. City staff and medical personnel are on site to provide assistance. (See Post # 865 herein for more information on this.)

The Portland International Jetport remains open. However, all remaining flights for today excluding a potential Air Canada flight have been canceled. Some Monday morning flights have been canceled as well. Passengers are advised to visit the Jetport’s website for up-to-date information, http://www.portlandjetport.org/

Stay informed and monitor the weather. The City of Portland will issue updates throughout the weekend with pertinent information. Residents can check on the city’s website. www.portlandmaine.gov/, Facebook at Portland Cityline, Twitter at PortlandCitylin, or call the city’s hotline at 207-879-0300 for information.