In 1984, Oregonians began a movement to clean their beaches of debris and waste twice yearly. Since then, this movement has expanded to every US state. This is a great opportunity to give a little of your time, have a fun day, and do something great to keep one of our most precious resources beautiful and clean. We'll go down to Pacific City to do our clean up at the Pelican Pub Cleanup. SOLV is now allowing pre-registration at the following web site:
http://www.solv.org/programs/forms/form_VolRegistration.asp?EventID=16954. Pre-registration will help speed up the time to get started for the event. We'll meet in the Tanasbourne area at 7:30AM to arrange carpooling. After we're done with the cleanup, we'll try to gather somewhere for lunch and comraderie about the good we've just done for our world. Following is the Safety Information from the SOLV registration site. Please read this information for good advice and tips about what to bring on the trip. Safety Information For SOLV Projects Plan for the weather with layers of clothing, sunscreen, rain gear, etc. Wear gloves and sturdy shoes. Work with a partner and watch out for each other's safety. Watch out for other volunteers' safety, especially when working close together. Pace yourself, don't overexert. Take breaks, rest, don't work continually. Drink water, eat a snack. Follow common sense practices when lifting heavy items: use your knees, not your back. Fill collection bags only 2/3 full, especially when handling heavy items. Be sure that you are physically capable of what you intend to do before you attempt it; ask for help if you need it. Watch for any heavy equipment, trucks or winches that might be used on-site. Watch for poison oak, poison ivy, Giant Hogweed, or other plants to which you may be allergic. Wear heavy gloves, long sleeves and long pants around blackberry plants. Leave the site if hazardous conditions, such as disturbed bee hives exist, especially if you have an allergy or are otherwise susceptible to the conditions. Use sunscreen and mosquito repellant when outdoors Safety tips for youth volunteers Confirm age restrictions for the project site. Review safety information and rules? with youth before arriving at the site. Supervise youth activities on site. When working on the beach Watch for sneaker waves: never turn your back on the ocean. Stay away from logs in or near the surf. Use caution on steep banks and cliffs. Follow posted safety information. When working around water Use caution around swift running water. Wear a life jacket when using a boat or raft. When working near traffic Wear a safety vest. Stay off the roadway. Stop often to orient yourself and make sure you're not wandering close to traffic. When working on steep slopes or banks Make sure your footing is stable. Stay away from cables that may be used to haul items upward. When encountering hazardous items: Don't touch, Mark the item and contact the Event Coordinator Identify each item before you touch it. If you are uncertain about an item, leave it alone. Do not touch medical waste or hazardous materials, including syringe needles, bandages and condoms. Don't touch containers with unidentified liquid or material in them. Don't touch propane gas tanks. They may be used to manufacture illegal drugs and can explode. In case an accident occurs Know where the first aid kit is. Know where the nearest medical facility is located. Know where the nearest phone is. If it's a cell phone, make sure you have a dial tone. Dial 9-1-1 if emergency medical care is required, know your location.