September 19, 2019
BANGOR DAILY NEWS (BANGOR, MAINE

Katahdin region prepared for Y2K> Extra public safety staff to be on duty

The towns of Millinocket, East Millinocket and Lincoln have made preparations in the event that Y2K becomes a disruption.

All three towns have drafted contingency plans, and in Millinocket and Lincoln, preparation coordinators have been appointed.

“We are fairly certain that there won’t be any major problems,” said Steve Lane, Millinocket’s contingency plan chairman. “There will be extra manpower in the police and fire departments between the hours of 10 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday, and all emergency response personnel will be on call.”

In addition, Millinocket will have several buildings equipped with generators and designated as shelters Friday night. People who want to use the shelters should bring pillows and blankets. Shelter locations include:

St. Martin’s of Tours Catholic Church, Highland Avenue.

American Legion building, Center Street.

VFW Hall, Oxford Street.

Public works garage, Cedar Street.

In East Millinocket, many of the same precautions are being taken.

All volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers will be on call, and the fire station on Main Street will serve as a shelter if needed. The police department will have two extra officers on the overnight shift.

“We’re treating it like any other snowstorm or ice storm,” Fire Chief Les Brown said. “We’re hoping it runs like clockwork.”

The town of Lincoln also will follow suit with its emergency personnel.

The Fire Department will have at least a dozen on-duty fire officers and firefighters to handle any problems late Friday night and into Saturday. The Police Department will have extra help as well, with four officers and the police chief on duty.

“We seem to run into incidents on New Year’s Eve regardless of Y2K,” said Frank Hammond, Lincoln’s fire chief and contingency plan coordinator. “We’re expecting this New Year’s Eve to be like most others.”

The American Red Cross and the town of Lincoln have selected the Ballard Hill Community Center on Main Street as a shelter if needed.


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