These pages do not begin to cover all the disasters that have
taken place in every state. There is also controversy over
what constitutes and defines a "great" disaster from any other kind.
All disasters are "great" to those directly involved in them.
these pages are a mix of "great" and "not so great" disasters.
The major disasters are all covered in the larger sites I have
linked to as resources and the rest are related items of interest.
For example, you might not find a particular major disaster on
this list, but it may be included in a site such as gendisasters.com, which is one of the resources found here.
This is an excellent place to begin your research. The
links found here lead to an ever widening amount of information.
Good luck in your efforts.
Bar Harbor Airlines Flight
1808 __ "Bar Harbor Airlines Flight 1808 was a scheduled flight from Boston
Logan International to Bangor International on August 25, 1985. The flight
normally stopped en route at Augusta and Waterville, Maine. The flight crew
flew the aircraft from Bangor to Boston and back earlier that afternoon in
worsening weather. On the second trip they were advised at an en route stop
in Augusta that because of air traffic control delays in Boston their return
flight 1788 via Auburn/Lewiston, Maine was being cancelled...." An
encyclopedic article with links to related material. - From wikipedia -
FEMA: Maine State Disaster
History __ Maine Disaster History. Major Disaster Declarations. Click on the
'disaster #' on the right side of the list to access detailed information
including images and more. - illustrated - From FEMA -
The Great Fire in Portland, Maine on July 4 __ "The Great Fire of Portland,
Maine occurred on the first Independence Day after the end of the American
Civil War on July 4, 1866. Five years before the Great Chicago Fire, this
was the greatest fire yet seen in an American city." A very brief article. -
From wikipedia -
The Great Fires of 1947 __
"The Great Fires of 1947 was a series of forest fires in the State of Maine
in the United States that destroyed a total area of 175,000 acres (780 kmē)
of wooded land. This event is an important part of the local history of the
York County and Mount Desert Island areas." an encyclopedic article with
links to related material. - From wikipedia -
Maine Disasters Floods,
Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and more __ "Events that touched our
ancestor's lives: Maine floods, fires, Tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, mining
accidents, explosions, train wrecks, tragic accidents ..." You will find
original news articles and more. - From gendisasters.com -
Maine.gov: Citizen Alert
System __ "Maine.gov's Citizen Alert System has been established as a way
for Maine state government to keep the public informed about events that may
impact public health or safety. Information issued through the Maine.gov
Citizen Alert System is provided directly from authorized state government
officials." - From State of Maine -
Maine Prepares: Display
Fact Sheet __ How to prepare for a tornado in Maine. "Maine averages one to
two tornadoes per year, typically touching down in uninhabited wooded areas.
However, the most recent tornado in Maine struck Phippsburg on Thanksgiving
Day 2005, causing damage to trees and coastal homes and camps." - From maine.gov -