ARTICLE WRITTEN BY NIGEN HOWARTH
USEFUL INFORMATION – FIRE AND EARTHQUAKE
Fire is a constant and frightening risk in the summer months, and even during other months if the undergrowth is very dry. Members will want to be particularly careful about any discarded glass or shiny metals near their properties.
Lighting fires is forbidden.
There also a requirement in Cyprus that land owners should cut any dry grass on their property. If you experience any difficulty over this with your neighbours, the Village Office is very ready to help. It is important safety rule for the whole village.
In any case plan your fire defences: fire extinguishers (and how to use them), other items for dousing fires, hoses and how to use swimming pool water in an emergency.
The Village Office has acquired a small fire engine which is located near the police station. Call them (25222611) or the Village office (25221388). The number of the Limassol fire station is 25805400.
We live in an earthquake zone. Pissouri, in particular is in the highest risk area in Cyprus, being on the major fault that has in the past destroyed Kouklia, Paphos and Curium. Be warned!
There are some 40 to 50 earthquakes around Cyprus every month measuring between 1.5 and 5 on the Richter Scale. The strongest recent earthquake, in 1996, measured 6.5. It was felt all over the island, caused extensive damage to buildings, and two people in Paphos died of heart attacks.
It is not a question of if earthquakes will hit, just a question of where, when, and how powerful. And that is not predictable. Fortunately, building regulations are well abreast of international technology and Cyprus Civil Defence is constantly honing its responses.
The following information has been provided via the Cyprus Civil Defence.
Prepare in advance for an earthquake – it is important to avoid panic.
Stock your homes with essential emergency equipment (and store them somewhere easily accessible) such as the following
Install fire extinguishers and learn how to use them.
Keep in mind other items for dousing fires (apart from extinguishers) eg water or blankets.
Store flammable items in storage rooms and in parts of the house where fires are less likely to arise.
Talk to your children’s school about how they will deal with an earthquake.
At work assign emergency duties. Appoint people to be responsible for safety, extinction of fires, removal of important objects, orderly evacuation of buildings, circulation of information, rescue etc. Periodically carry out emergency exercises.
Have specialists inspect and repair buildings that are faulty, old or unsteady.
Locate the safest areas in your homes or workplace for protection in the case of an earthquake. Temporary shelters can be under strong tables or desks, next to pillars or under doors.
In such places you have a certain amount of protection from falling objects and collapsing walls until you are able to safely evacuate the building or are rescued by a rescue team.
You should have always in mind where the electrical switches are located and how they are switched off, to avoid the possibility of an outbreak of a fire. Fires following earthquakes are due to short-circuit and gas leakages, or in an effort to light matches and candles etc, causing casualties and damages.
Place large heavy items which can easily fall and break on lower places.
Firmly secure shelves and heavy or high furniture.
Do not hang heavy items on ceilings, walls and around beds.
Do not place refrigerators, ovens, washing machines, wardrobes etc in areas where they could block exits.
Make sure that the members of your family know how to offer first aid and supply yourselves with necessary provisions (medicines for wounds and eyes, cotton, bandages, antiseptics etc). It is possible that after a strong earthquake medical teams may be overburdened and therefore unable to offer help at once.
Start now and periodically repeat self-protection exercises for earthquakes with members of your family at home. This will guarantee self-confidence and limit fear in case of an earthquake.
Remain calm and don’t panic. Panic causes victims. Think of the consequences of your actions in order to react calmly and efficiently.
If outdoors, stay there but don’t stand next to buildings, walls, rocks, electricity poles or pylons or other objects that are likely to fall and injure you. Move to the nearest open area and check the situation around you.
If you are within a building remain there. In earthquakes many casualties are caused when panic-stricken people try to rush outdoors.
Seek refuge under a steady table or desk or under a door.
Do not stand next to open windows, balconies or terrace edges.
Do not stand next to windows, wardrobes, shelves or objects that may break or fall and injure you.
Never use a lift for escape.
If you are in a moving car stop as quickly as safety permits in the best available space (away from high buildings, pillars or rocks). Your car provides sufficient protection.
Stay away from the seashore.
Do not light matches, candles or other fires.
Help children, disabled or sick people to protect themselves.
The hours following an earthquake are critical. Remain calm and try to calm down others who have panicked. Check for casualties. Do not try to move seriously injured people, unless their lives are at stake. Give first aid on the spot.
Extinguish any fires before they spread.
Check electrical installations and electrical appliances to see if they have been damaged. If you find any damage, switch off the main switch.
If you can smell gas, open doors and windows and switch off the valves of the gas cylinders.
Do not remain in or enter buildings that have suffered damage until the appropriate authorities establish that they are safe.
Check chimneys for cracks. Unseen damage could cause a fire in the future.
Inform the appropriate authorities briefly and clearly when it is necessary, but do not use the telephone unnecessarily. Jamming the lines hinders the services who have to deal with the emergency.
Respond to appeals for voluntary help but otherwise keep off the roads, especially in areas in which buildings have collapsed.
Do not impede rescue traffic.
If you have been trapped and cannot escape, try by all means, but remain calm and give signs of life so that rescue teams can locate you.
Don’t touch live cables on the ground or objects touching the cables.
After-shocks can be strong and may cause damage. So stay away from damaged buildings. If it is absolutely necessary to enter them do not stay long. After-shocks can cause even greater damage and collapse.
Co-operate with your neighbours to put out fires and help the injured, elderly, disabled and children.
We have been given information on a medical scheme which may interest some members. This has come to us via Dr. Anthoulla at the Medical Centre. Medstar offers its members discounted consultations/operations at a number of clinics and hospitals all over the island. For the sum of 35 euros a year, the WHOLE family is covered. We only have access to one booklet so far, which is part English and part Greek. To give you an example of what is on offer, I have copied the Paphos information. I attach an application form as well.
If you wish to join, complete the form and take it to Dr. Anthoulla with the 35 euros in an envelope. She will pass this onto the organisation who will issue you with a membership card and the full leaflet.
They do have a website www.medstarcyprus.com
There is no deadline for this, so you can discuss the scheme with Dr. Anthoulla at your leisure.
ΣΥΝΔΕΣΜΟΣ ΚΑΤΟΙΚΩΝ ΠΙΣΣΟΥΡΙΟΥ
PISSOURI RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
PISSOURI RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
The Association was formed in May 2006 (first AGM October 2006) with the aim of bringing together all residents of Pissouri (both Ex-Patriot and Cypriot), in order to help each other with exchange of information, co-operation, support and a forum for discussion of matters pertaining to the village.
We work in conjunction with the Village Council and Authorities to assist wherever possible in the effective and efficient running of the Village and its affairs.
We encourage all residents to register and vote in the Village Elections and provide practical help and information on the registration and voting process.
We are a totally apolitical Association, very much focused on the Village of Pissouri and the surrounding environment for the benefit of all residents.
We also support and assist with many of the Village activities.
We have established and run a Medical Support service unique in Cyprus. We have established a voluntary team of trained first aiders, who will respond to a medical emergency anywhere within the village, to help residents, visitors and tourists when needed. We also have an emergency private ambulance service available to members of the PRA Plus scheme, at very reasonable cost.
Acting together we can be a positive force within OUR village!!
For more information;-
Or visit the 1911 Club in the village
ΣΥΝΔΕΣΜΟΣ ΚΑΤΟΙΚΩΝ ΠΙΣΣΟΥΡΙΟΥ
PISSOURI RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
ΣΥΝΔΕΣΜΟΣ ΚΑΤΟΙΚΩΝ ΠΙΣΣΟΥΡΙΟΥ
Ο Σύνδεσμος ιδρύθηκε τον Μάιο του 2006 (η 1η Ετήσια Γενική Συνέλευση έγινε τον Οκτώβριο, 2006), με στόχο να φέρει σε επαφή όλους τους κατοίκους Πισσουρίου (Κύπριους αλλά και άλλων εθνικοτήτων) προκειμένου να βοηθήσει ο ένας τον άλλον με την ανταλλαγή πληροφοριών, τη συνεργασία, την υποστήριξη και τη δημιουργία φόρουμ για τη συζήτηση των θεμάτων που αφορούν το χωριό.
Δουλεύουμε σε συνεργασία με το Κοινοτικό Συμβούλιο Πισσουρίου και άλλες Αρχές για να βοηθήσουμε με όσο πιο αποτελεσματικό και αποδοτικό τρόπο για την λειτουργία της Κοινότητας και των θεμάτων που εγείρονται.
Ενθαρρύνουμε όλους τους κατοίκους να εγγραφούν και να ψηφίζουν στις τοπικές Κοινοτικές εκλογές και παρέχουμε πρακτική βοήθεια και πληροφορίες σχετικά με τη διαδικασία εγγραφής και ψηφοφορίας.
Είμαστε ένας Σύνδεσμος άνευ πολιτικών πεποιθήσεων ή/και σκοπιμοτήτων που καταπιάνεται και επικεντρώνεται με το Πισσούρι και το άμεσο του περιβάλλον προς όφελος όλων των κατοίκων.
Επίσης στηρίζουμε και βοηθούμε σε πολλές δραστηριότητες που γίνονται στην Κοινότητα.
Έχουμε δημιουργήσει και διαχειριζόμαστε μια ιατρική υπηρεσία υποστήριξης η οποία είναι μοναδική στη Κύπρο. Δημιουργήσαμε μια εθελοντική ομάδα εκπαιδευμένων ‘πρώτων βοηθών’, οι οποίοι ανταποκρίνονται σε επείγουσα ιατρική κατάσταση οπουδήποτε στην Κοινότητα μας για να βοηθήσει τους κατοίκους, τους επισκέπτες και τους τουρίστες, όταν χρειάζεται. Έχουμε επίσης ειδική συνεργασία με ιδιωτική υπηρεσία ασθενοφόρων έκτακτης ανάγκης στη διάθεση των μελών του συνδρομητικού πακέτου ‘PRA Plus’ σε χαμηλό κόστος.
Ενεργώντας από κοινού μπορούμε να είμαστε μια θετική δύναμη στο χωριό ΜΑΣ !!
Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες:
Ή επισκεφθείτε μας στο Σωματείο ‘1911’ στο κέντρο του χωριού
During dry seasons in Cyprus fires are a serious hazard. There have been many incidents lately with big fires in Moni and Governor's Beach. PLEASE be careful and if you notice any fire - even a small amount of smoke get in contact with the local police immediately! Tel. 25222611 or 112. Small fires can be easily started just by throwing a cigarette end from a moving car window. So please be aware you could save a life.
PRA NEW DISCOUNT SCHEME
The following establishments will give PRA members a discount if you present your membership card when ordering and before the bill is made out. Where restaurants are mentioned, this discount is intended for meals plus drinks. (Please be discreet to avoid misunderstandings with other clients.)
Cyprus Diving Adventures 10%
(97661046) (plus special offers on multiple dives)
Kembali Diving School (Bay) 10%
Pissouri Bay Divers 10%
Ampeli (Bay area) 10% (except Friday’s Happy Hour)
Artemis (Bay area) 5 %
Hani on the B6 10% on bills of more than 20 euro
Moonlight Taverna (Village) 10% (not on special discounted nights)
O’Vrakas (Village Square) 15% (not on special evenings menus)
Platea (Village Square) 10%
Saffron Indian Rest (Bay) 10% on all drinks (including alcohol) - not
Yialos Fish Restaurant (Bay) 10%
O Vrakas Gift Shop 10% Discount on sales over 20 euros
Dave Eyre, Plumber 10 euro discount on bill
FoyTina Real Estate Agency Ring for discount
H2Owen Pool Supplies 5% on chemicals and supplies
Kolios Butcher, Pathos 5% on meat and cheese
Liasides Exhibitions 10% (www.exhibitionwise.com)
Thekla Flower Shop 10%
Total Tranquillity Bay 10%
MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENTS OFFERING PRA MEMBERS A DISCOUNT ON PRODUCTION OF YOUR CURRENT MEMBERSHIP CARD (No card – no discount)
Centre on the B7
During normal surgery hours of 8.00am to 3.00 pm, a consultation fee of 20 euro. Any consultations after hours and home visits will incur further fees.
Arrangements can be made to have a private consultation with a specialist surgeon in the Medical Centre on certain days. Ask at the centre
St George and Blue Cross Hospital in Pathos
Call George Kaniklides
Dr Polydorou, Head of the Pissouri Medical Centre is associated with this hospital and they offer discounts on consultations and treatments. Ring to discuss.
Polyclinic in Limassol
They offer discounts on consultations, treatments and operations. Ring to discuss.
Contact Dr Vorkas on
They offer 10% on production of your membership card
The Pissouri Residents’ Association has in operation a First Response team, complete with a well equipped vehicle, who will respond to any medical emergency in the village of Pissouri.
The team will provide immediate first aid at the scene and advise on whether a local Doctor, or an ambulance should be called for.
This help is available to all and is not dependant on being a member of the Association, membership of which brings additional benefits.
At the present time, all the Responders are English speaking residents.
If assistance is required, ring 97836222