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Coastal Communities Get Hurricane Preparedness Tips 

Emergency Management officials from around the state say they’ll be better prepared the next time a hurricane bears down on Maine.They’ve spent the last two days in Acadia National Park getting tips from the experts.Amy Erickson has more.<"Preparedness is something we don't always do well in when it comes to high winds and hurricane situations."When a hurricane blows in, there often isn't much time for the state and counties to prepare.So the folks from the Maine Emergency Management Agency invited dozens of local, county and volunteer agency officials to take part in a first-of-its-kind, two day FEMA course.It focused on hurricane preparedness for coastal communities."With the threat of hurricanes always looming in the state of Maine, we've decided it's important that we address preparedness issues to prepare for potential hurricanes."Participants spent their time hearing from experts, working on hurricane threat scenarios, and crafting plans for their own communities."You can't wait until game day to make your plan on how you're going to keep people out of harm's way. It's something that needs to be done in pre-planning stages."The key components of the class?How to best notify people that severe weather's on its way and how to get them out safely once it arrives.Participants also learned the benefits of forming partnerships with other communities during a crisis."Making sure all the communities work together because an area is only as good as its weakest link, so you need to make sure every community is doing its share and their part so we can all succeed."Pinkham says thanks to the course, he now has more tools to use the next time a hurricane hits...and chances are...it will."History tells us we have a few every decade and we may be overdue, so perhaps this is a good time for us to be prepared."Amy Erickson, WABI TV5 News, Acadia National Park.>