Emergency Planning

The Emergency Response Team (ERT) is responsible for the comprehensive emergency and disaster management planning efforts for the University of Maine at Machias. We provide planning, training, inter-departmental coordination, and emergency response assistance for major emergencies or disasters.

Emergency Notifications

In the event of an emergency, initial notification and instructions will be sent to the campus community via:

  • e2Campus Alert System
  • Campus-wide E-mail
  • UMM Web site

In order to quickly communicate emergency information to the campus community, UMM has implemented the e2Campus emergency notification system that allows anyone in the campus community to receive alerts or other emergency information via e-mail and a text message on their mobile phones. Participation in e2Campus is not mandatory, but is strongly encouraged. Students, faculty, and staff can sign up here.

Health and Safety Update:

With recent news coverage regarding Ebola, we'd like to provide you with an update. Since early fall, UMM health, safety, staff, and medical providers have been implementing best practices to protect the health and safety of our community. Some of the preparations have included updating our health response procedures, launching an educational campaign, and reminding the UMM community to take basic steps during the fall and winter season.

UMM Flu Update:

Currently, there are no reported cases of influenza at UMM. Influenza has officially arrived in Maine on October 16 in Lincoln County. To help reduce influenza in our community, we encourage you get vaccinated and take the basic steps below. If you need vaccination, please contact Beth Russet, Coordinator of Student Health

Basic Steps for the Fall and Winter Season

By following these basic steps, you can stay healthy and help keep our community healthy.

(1) Wash your hands with soap. Make sure to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. How long is 20 seconds? Sing Happy Birthday two times.

(2) Sneeze to the inside of your elbow.

(3) Cover your cough with a tissue or cough into your shirt.

(4) Fist bump instead of shaking hands.

(5) Stay home when you are sick.

Let's get right to virus of the day in the media: EBOLA

The? current? risk to the UMM community ?is none. We continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis using the National Center for Disease Control information, the Maine CDC health Alert System, and internal UMM procedures.

What is Ebola?

Let's hear from our own faculty member, Shallee Page http://wabi.tv/2014/10/07/ebola-local-expert-weighs/

How does Ebola spread?

Ebola is caused by a virus. It is spread through direct contact with the body fluids (including blood, sweat, vomit, feces) of an ill person. Symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. In severe cases, difficulty breathing and bleeding inside and outside of the body may occur. Ebola is NOT spread through the air and a person can only spread the virus when they are having symptoms. (Maine CDC)

Where can I get more information?

Maine CDC http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/zoonotic/ebola/public.shtml

What if I am traveling oversees?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has posted a Warning Level 3 Travel Notice, recommending that people avoid nonessential travel to ??Guinea, Liberia, and ??Sierra Leone at this time. We strongly encourage students who plan to travel to these West African countries to heed the CDC warning.

If you have further questions or concerns, please contact Beth Russet at 255-1275 or myself.

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