Emergency Management Agency



Washington County Emergency Management operates under the Maine & Federal Emergency Management Agencies — MEMA & FEMA.

However, Emergency Management is also under the authority of the county commissioners, though it is subsidized in part by MEMA.

Emergency Management offers Washington County communities a central source for emergency preparedness information and training.


The four points of focus for Emergency Management are:

  • Mitigation: the process of planning to reduce the occurrence or the severity of a hazard.
  • Preparedness: the planning needed to be able to effectively respond to an incident with the proper equipment and trained personnel in order to reduce injuries or property damage.
  • Response: the actual reaction to an incident to bring it to an end as quickly and safely as possible.
  • Recovery: the coordination and planning necessary to help the area return to its normal activities with as little disruption for as short a time as possible.


Each of Maine’s sixteen counties has their own emergency management agency (EMA) which operate under MEMA on the state level and FEMA on the national level, to provide emergency management services and awareness.

Emergency Management works with each community’s local emergency management director to help deliver vital services in case of a large scale emergency.

On a day-to-day basis, Emergency Management:

  • provides a central command center in case of a large scale emergency.
  • works with communities to revise and update their emergency plans.
  • develops an extensive contact database of municipal officials in Washington County.
  • notifying communities of training and grant opportunities offered on the State and Federal level.
  • distributing information to communities on general safety issues.

EMA Phone: 207-255-3931

Lisa Hanscom, EMA Director
[email protected]

Christine Day, Assistant EMA Director
[email protected]

Lisa is a native to Downeast Maine. She grew up on the family’s 200+ year old wild blueberry farm which she still manages with her father. As a single mother, she raised her daughter on the farm and now teaches her grandson about wild blueberry farming. Lisa studied at the University of Maine in Machias and Orono. She spent 19 years as the Selectman in her hometown of Roque Bluffs where she also served as a Town Assessor for 4 years. She is a member of the Machiasport Fire Department and a former member of the Jonesboro/Roque Bluffs Fire Department. In December 2020, Lisa was appointed by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Commissioner to the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine as a Grower Representative. Lisa has served in the past with community boards and groups such as Sunrise Search and Rescue, Machias Valley Chamber of Commerce, Washington County Food Council, the Bold Coast By-way and various others. Lisa enjoys working in nature, learning new things, and helping others.

Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

2021 – 2022 Meeting Schedule

(If any changes please check Washington County Emergency Management’s Facebook page.)

September 14, 2021

October 11, 2021

December 13, 2021, Annual Meeting

March 14, 2022

May 9, 2022

June 13, 2022

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