The Scituate Fire Department, Police Department, and Department of Public Works plan and prepare for everyday emergencies. However, these emergency responders can be overwhelmed during a major disaster. Emergency preparedness helps individuals become self-reliant during the first hours of a disaster. This guide demonstrates how to prepare your family and your neighborhood association in the event of an emergency or major catastrophe.
In the event of a disaster, local officials will not be able to get to everyone immediately. You may need to survive on your own for hours, possibly days. The possibilities are that you may have no electricity, gas, heat, sewage treatment or telephones for a period of time immediately after a disaster strikes.
Use common sense in making the decision to stay or evacuate. In an emergency, local authorities may not be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. You should watch TV listen to the radio, check the internet for information. You might hear a special siren, get a telephone call, or emergency workers may go door-to-door.
Learn about emergency plans at your place of work, daycare, or your children's school. Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together in an emergency.
Create a Plan and update at least once a year. What role will each family member take during an emergency?
HELPFUL SITES TO EXPLORE:
American Red Cross (ARC) http://www.redcross.org
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Washington Military Department Emergency Management Division
It may seem overwhelming to create a plan for emergencies. Click on he link above where a plan is broken down to 12 sections, some might find this an easy way to involve the entire family in preparation for major catastrophe or emergency.
Choose one hour each month to complete the designated activity and write it on your planning calendar.
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Tidal range covers a period of approx. six hours. Assuming a low tide, in the first hour,
the tide would rise 1/12th of the range,
in the second hour 2/12ths,
in the third hour 3/12ths,
in the fourth hour 3/12ths,
in the fifth hour 2/12ths,
and in the last hour 1/12th.
Total 12/12ths or 1:2:3:3:2:1
When the waves begin coming over the seawall hours before the tide is high, it still may have 3 or more feet to rise before it is at it's peak. Plan accordingly.
Your emergency plan should include what would be required in the event of an actual emergency.