We're expecting an extended period of mixed precipitation throughout the weekend and with the temperatures below freezing we will likely be hit with extensive power outages.

There is a potential for slippery travel conditions and downed trees so we need to be ready for any possible scenario. Gov. Paul Lepage has signed an emergency proclamation. that in the event of widespread power outages. will allow utility crews to drive additional hours to repair lines and restore power.

It’s time to put safety first, and prepare for this serious storm. Make sure you have what you need to weather the storm, and then check on neighbors who may need some extra help.

During the storm, Maine 2-1-1 will have information on any shelters that are open, as well as safety guidelines. You can dial 2-1-1 on your phone or if you have internet access just click to http://211maine.org.

The Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) encourages you to take a quick inventory to see if you have what you need to remain in your home safely, especially if the power goes out. Their list includes: flashlights, batteries, a battery powered radio, water and non-perishable foods.

A few years ago, we bought a generator from a neighbor and it's been one of the best investments we ever made. I sure wish we would have had it during the Ice Storm of '98, when we didn't have power for over 2 weeks. MEMA reminds us to never run a generator indoors and to make sure that it is placed at least 15 feet from windows or doors.

Prepare and be safe!