What is the Clean Swell app?

While you are out and about this summer, remember the Clean Swell app. Anywhere you find litter and dispose of it in the correct way can be entered into this app to provide researchers and policy makers the information that they need to provide solutions to the issues on litter. The data is collected globally by the Ocean Conservancy.  The app allows you to:

  • Record the trash you collect.
  • Share your results with friends via Facebook, Twitter, and email.
  • Track the total distance cleaned.
  • See the total weight of the trash you collect.
  • Keep a record of your efforts.
  • Help identify trends that are useful in finding solutions.
  • Learn scientific facts about the impact of trash on ocean animals and what you can do to help.

For more information on the program, visit the Ocean Conservancy website.

Information provided by the H&SRC.

 

 

Driving Golf Carts on Town Streets

From the Sunset Beach Police Department:

With Summer coming into full swing, and the Fourth of July nearly upon us, we’ve had a lot of questions about driving golf carts on town streets. In response, we offer the following, in the hopes of having a safe, legal summer.

– All carts must be street-legal, registered with your state’s DMV, and covered by an insurance policy.

– South Carolina carts are not exempt, and must also be registered, tagged, and insured, as seen in the photo below

– A drivers license is not required, but anyone operating a cart on a state or local street must be at LEAST 16 years of age.

– While operating a low speed vehicle, you must follow ALL TRAFFIC LAWS, as if you were driving an automobile, parking ordinances included.

– Low speed vehicles are only permitted for travel on streets with a 35mph or less speed limit.

– When operating a low speed vehicle, drivers should utilize the normal traffic lane. NOT THE BICYCLE LANE.

The specific guidelines for registering and operating a low speed vehicle in North Carolina can be found here:  https://www.ncleg.gov/…/BySection/Chapter_20/GS_20-121.1.pdf

Hospital Safety Grade Available for All Hospitals

From the Health and Safety Resource Committee:

Hospital Safety Grade: this is a score for hospitals in the United States on how safe the hospital keeps their patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.  Click on this link http://www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and check the safety score of any hospital in the United States. On the right side of the home page, enter a City and State.  If you put in Supply, NC you get a list of all the hospitals in this area.

Break the Grip of the Rip

Rip currents account for 80% of beach rescues, and can be dangerous or deadly if you don’t know what to do.
If you do happen to be caught in a rip current, stay calm. It won’t pull you under – it’ll just pull you away from shore. If you try to fight the rip current and swim against it, you’ll just get worn out. Instead – float!
If you can, wave and yell to get the attention of lifeguards and people on shore to let them know you need help.
If you’re a good swimmer, swim parallel to shore until you’ve cleared the pull of the rip current. Swim with the waves, allowing them to push you to shore.
If you’re on shore and see someone in trouble in a rip current do not go in after them. Instead – call for help! If a lifeguard is not available, throw in something that floats or extend a reaching object, but don’t try to be a hero and make the rescue yourself. Even trained lifeguards only attempt a rescue using a flotation device.  Click HERE for additional information.

 

Good Tips to Know to Help Avoid Shark Bites

During The Months from 5 to 9 (May to Sept.)  Swim the Hours of 9:00 to 5:00 pm

To decrease your already small chance of becoming a victim of a shark bite, observe the following rules:

  1. Always swim in a group.  Sharks most often attack lone individuals.
  2. Don’t wander too far from shore.  Doing so isolates you and places you away from assistance.
  3. Avoid the water at night, dawn, or dusk.  Many sharks are most active at these times and are better able to find you than you are to see them. 
  4. Don’t enter the water if bleeding.  Sharks can smell and taste blood, and trace it back to its source.
  5. Don’t wear shiny jewelry.  The reflected light looks like shining fish scales.
  6. Don’t go into waters containing sewage.  Sewage attracts bait fishes, which in turn attract sharks.
  7. Avoid waters being fished and those with lots of bait fishes.  Diving seabirds are good indicators of such activities. 
  8. Don’t enter the water if sharks are present.  Leave immediately if sharks are seen.
  9. Avoid brightly colored clothing.  Sharks see contrast particularly well, so use extra caution when waters are cloudy. 
  10. Don’t splash a lot.  Also, keep pets out of the water. Erratic movements can attract sharks.
  11. Use care near sandbars or steep drop-offs.  These are favorite hangouts for sharks.
  12. Don’t relax just because porpoises are nearby.  Sightings of porpoises do not indicate the absence of sharks. Both often eat the same foods. 
  13. If attacked by a shark, the general rule is “Do whatever it takes to get away!”  Some people have successfully chosen to be aggressive, others passive. Some yelled underwater, others blew bubbles.  

Information provided by the Health and Safety Resource Committee

 

 

 

 

 

New Hurricane Page Added to the Website

Hurricane season is upon us beginning June 1 through November 30.  To help all residents prepare for a severe storm or hurricane that might be coming our way this season, the website committee developed a new page that includes all of the information that will help us.  You can access this page via the picture on the right hand side of the HOME page.  This page is loaded with lots of important information related to hurricane preparedness and will be front and center during the hurricane season so it is easily found.  The information includes:

  • General Information
  • Severe Storm/Hurricane Notifications
  • Hurricane Preparations
  • Evacuation Routes/Shelters
  • After a Hurricane

Also included on this page is a scrolling banner at the top that will be used to update information as needed.  Click https://seatrailma.com/hurricane-safety-information/ to review this page.  We encourage each resident to read through this information now so you are prepared in the case of a severe storm or hurricane.

New AED (defibrillator) in the MAC, Maples Activity Center

There is now an additional AED within the STMA property buildings.  The fifth one we now have is on the second floor of the MAC by the kitchen area.  Just as a reminder, the other AEDs are located within the:

  • Pink Palace: in the kitchen area above the large garbage bins and on the hall wall between the Sunset Room and bathrooms
  • Creekside Building: in gym
  • MAC: in library (ground floor) and upstairs on the second floor near the kitchen area.

If you are unaware of how to use an AED, the Health and Safety Resource Committee offers classes during the year with their course on CPR.  Please contact one of the co-chairs: Tony Imondi at timondi@atmc.net or 910-575-6151 or Rose Dodds at rdodds6997@aol.com or 910-575-4390 for the next class being offered.