The County Emergency Management Agency Director serves as a link between local jurisdictions and the State for both the collection and the distributing of information during a disaster. The Emergency Management Agency is not a replacement for police, fire, ambulance, Red Cross, or other emergency response groups, but rather coordinates response and recovery in declared disasters when a disaster extends beyond the normal mutual aid boundaries of the affected community, or when several communities are involved. The County Director provides guidance, planning models, home study courses, and workshops on emergency management to local communities and their Emergency Management Agency staff. All County Emergency Management Agencies have developed mutual aid agreements with neighboring counties for the sharing of Emergency Management Agency personnel, and sometimes other resources, during emergencies. The natural disasters most likely to occur within Piscataquis County are winter storms, flooding, wildfires, and severe thunderstorms. The most likely man-made disasters include railroad derailments, tanker truck accidents, or a major structure fire.
The Federal government provides various grants to local governments to help prepare for, or mitigate, local disasters. These grants often require County governments to coordinate requirements among towns and other regional government entities in order to avoid unnecessary duplication of effort or spending. Therefore, the County Emergency Management Agency Director, at the direction of Federal or State authorities, often screens grant applications for Federal or State assistance that pertain to disaster mitigation, response, and recovery.
The Piscataquis County Emergency Management Director is appointed by the County Commissioners.
Piscataquis County Emergency Management Agency
163 East Main Street
Dover-Foxcroft, Maine 04426
Phone: (207) 564.8660
EMA Director: Jaeme Duggan
Deputy Director: Debra Hamlin