Useful Information for visitors to Matinicus Island

Posted: June 12, 2008, 11:06:44 am by jim

Passing this information from a friend along to our island visitors this summer...

Summer 2007

If you need help with a MEDICAL EMERGENCY, there are three Emergency Medical Technicians living on the island. They are usually (but not always) available. Call Clayton Philbrook 366-3980, Eva Murray 366-3695, or Robin Tarkleson 691-6568. If you cannot reach them, you might try Ann Mitchell, RN, at 366-3161. In an EMERGENCY if you cannot reach anybody by telephone, call 911 to reach a dispatcher who will contact the EMTs by pager. EMTs may be out lobstering or otherwise working away from a telephone. (We will respond as quickly as possible but there is nobody sitting in a station waiting for that call!) Please do not call 911 for minor first aid help...we’re glad to help with non-emergencies, but please use local telephone.

There is NO doctor, clinic, ambulance, or advanced medical care available on Matinicus at any time. Occasionally, weather makes any transport to the mainland dangerous or impossible. Please consider going to the mainland if you think your condition may worsen over time, especially if weather is getting worse or it’s getting close to dark. This is an isolated community do not wait until the last minute to decide you need medical help!

FIRE is a big concern on Matinicus. Do NOT burn trash, brush, etc. without permission of property owner (and, at some times of year, local fire warden.) Do NOT burn anything if the wind is blowing, if you cannot stay with the fire and attend it, if you don’t have help, or if the weather has been very dry. Forest fire is a serious issue as much of our forest is over-mature and falling down. Do NOT toss cigarette butts on trails, smoke in the woods, or have large campfires above the high-tide line. If you see a fire, call EVERYBODY YOU CAN REACH ON MATINICUS right away.

CELL PHONES often do not work well on Matinicus. Your best chance of signal is at the airstrip or on the west side of the island. In the harbor area, signal is very poor. There are two pay telephones on the island, one near the Post Office, the other at the “Pirate’s Galley.” You will need phone cards for long distance coins.

GROCERIES may be ordered from the Shaw’s Supermarket in Rockland. They prefer orders sent by FAX, before 10AM on weekdays. Delivery is often (but not guaranteed) same day. Pay attention to the weather forecast. You must be able to pick up your order at the airstrip when delivered, and you must have access to a telephone so the air service can let you know when the groceries will arrive on the island. Air freight is currently $8.00 per large carton for grocery orders. Shaw's Fax# is 226-4007.

There are CHURCH services on most Sundays through the summer. These are held at 7PM, are informal and everybody is welcome. No particular denomination is represented; we have a variety of volunteer ministers through the season. The church is located just north of the central intersection, and occasionally hosts musical events, community suppers, or other social events. Watch for signs announcing these events.

Do not walk, jog, or drive on the AIRSTRIP. Do not allow your dog to run loose at the airport at any time when flying is possible. Parking spaces are tight...park considerately and do not take up more space than you must. Please make other parking arrangements if you must leave your vehicle for an extended period of time.

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