Fire, Earthquake, Tsunami - when we're on vacation we don't think about disasters like these occurring, it's a buzz kill and really, don't we all think it won't happen to us? Unfortunately, it can. Once our happiness bubble is burst, what do we do? If you are staying at the Seadance, or in Shelter Cove, the following information from the Shelter Cove Volunteer Fire Dept can help you determine the next steps.
Where, in Shelter Cove, would you go in the event of an evacuation order or natural disaster? We have four Red Cross Certified Shelters:
1. Fire Station -- This Shelter is well above the Tsunami Zone.
2. The Community Clubhouse/Runway -- This Shelter is in the Tsunami Zone but is a Fire Evacuation option.
3. Shelter Cove Chapel By the Sea (83 Lower Pacific Dr.) -- In the Tsunami Zone and serves as an alternate to the Community Clubhouse.
4. The Tea Room (1176 Lower Pacific Dr.) -- In Tsunami Zone and serves as second alternate to the Community Clubhouse.
Fire: In the event of an Evacuation Order, residents of Shelter Cove will have approximately 30 minutes to leave the area. After that time, Shelter Cove Road will become a one-way road into The Cove for firefighters and equipment. The Resort Improvement District, Shelter Cove Volunteer Fire Department and the Shelter Cove C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) will be working with the community and outside agencies to keep citizens up-to-date on the status of wildfires in our area.
DROP down onto your hands and knees (before the earthquake knocks you down). This position protects you from falling but allows you to still move if necessary.
COVER your head and neck (and your entire body if possible) under a sturdy table or desk. If there is no shelter nearby, only then should you get down near an interior wall, and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands.
HOLD ON to your shelter (or to your head and neck) until the shaking stops. Be prepared to move with your shelter if the shaking shifts it around.
(Learn more about Drop, Cover, Hold On from http://earthquakecountry.info/dropcoverholdon/ )
Feeling ground shaking that lasts a long time may be the only warning that a tsunami is on its way.
Shelter Cove does have evacuation sirens, however, DO NOT WAIT for an official warning!!!
EVACUATE IF you are in a TSUNAMI HAZARD ZONE - The Fire Station is out of the Tsunami Hazard Zone.