Monday, May 18, 2009

Plan for Emergencies

The Local Police in Cox have set out a Plan for Emergencies for the town.

The greatest threat to the inhabitants of Cox and the Vega Baja are earthquakes. Last summer, two great tremors woke people up in Algorfa and Almoradí. However, the towns considered to be at greatest risk of further quakes are Almoradí, Benejúzar, Callosa de Segura, Daya Nueva, Daya Vieja, Formentera del Segura, Orihuela and Rafal.

The risk of flooding in Cox is thought to be low. The town did flood in 1989 but not to the same extent as Orihuela and Guardamar del Segura.

The greatest risk to the town is spillage from vehicles because of the proximity of the A-7 motorway and the N340 trunk road.

Following the strong winds this winter, the Police also considered the damage that gales could inflict but since there were only loose tiles removed from roofs, they consider this a low risk.

It is good to know that the police and other emergency services plan for these contingencies. I hope they share it with all concerned because, worse than not having a plan is having one which nobody knows about.

In the end though what happens, happens and there is little that anyone can do to prevent disasters from occurring.

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