AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage today declared a statewide emergency to enable state, county and municipal governments to respond to the impact of Hurricane Irene.

The proclamation authorizes state agencies to use all available resources and personnel as necessary to cope with this emergency situation.

LePage issued the disaster proclamation this afternoon after speaking with his emergency management team and other senior advisers.

“I urge all Maine Citizens to take necessary steps to prepare and heed all warnings issued in connection with this event,” LePage said in a statement.

LePage said his office is receiving updates about the storm from with Maine Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service.

For preparedness and safety information, the latest weather forecasts, and links to the latest advisories and tracks for Hurricane Irene, visit MainePrepares.com.