Maine gets grant for tsunami warning signs


AUGUSTA — The state of Maine is getting federal help to install signs to help people flee the coast in the event of a tsunami or other emergency.

The Department of Transportation is installing more than 100 signs with the help of a $30,000 tsunami preparedness grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Few people expect the coast of Maine to be hit by a major tsunami, but the warnings can also be used in the event of a hurricane or a violent nor’easter.

Lynette Miller of Maine Emergency Management says planners have identified evacuation routes so if a storm were headed for the coast there would be a plan.

The Bangor Daily News says local emergency planners feel the signs will be of most benefit for visitors.