Community Alerts/Emergency Awareness
The best way to stay informed about fire, weather, life safety, accidents involving utilities or roadways, disaster notifications, traffic issues/backups and other emergency issues is to sign up for ReadyBUCKS. You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. You pick where, you pick how.
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The Bucks County Hazardous Incident Response Team (HIRT) is tasked with the responsibility of responding to, and mitigating a Hazardous Material Release within the county. The Bucks County HIRT is comprised of 2 paid staff and 32 volunteers. Our mission is to maintain our training and equipment to protect lives and the environment in Bucks County. The Bucks County HIRT provides assistance to the emergency services within the county in the form of technical advise and training.
The Bucks County HIRT maintains the Off-Site Emergency Response Plans for over 200 chemical facilities within the county. These plans are required under SARA Title III, The Community Right-To-Know act.
HIRT may be reached at:
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Inventory Your Belongings
No one wants to think about their home being burglarised. Getting back your stolen items has now become easier. LeadsOnline provides a system for maintaining secure records of property you own. You may store serial numbers item descriptions pictures and scans of receipts so that your items may be more easily identifies in the event of theft or loss. This record may also come in handy when reporting any loss to your insurance provider. Use this as an inventory system to provide to law enforcement agencies and insurance providers in the event of loss.
Holiday Shopping Safety
Shopping during the holiday season can present a unique danger. Taking a few preventive measures can help keep your holiday season joyous. The holiday season is a time when busy people can become careless and vulnerable to theft, and other holiday crime.
The following tips from the Lower Makefield Township Police Department Community Policing Unit can help you be more careful, prepared, and aware during the holiday season.
- Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member and park your vehicle in well lit areas or close to mall entrance ways.
- Don’t leave anything in plain view in the compartment of your vehicle, if your car has a trunk place any items purchased, in there. Keep loose change, GPS units and other valuables out of sight.
- Utilize your vehicle’s alarm system and if you don’t have one, purchase a “Club” at an auto parts store. This will prevent the theft of your vehicle.
- Dress casually and comfortably.
- Avoid wearing expensive jewelry or exposing it for others to see.
- Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible. For men carry your wallet in one of your front pockets.
- Always carry your Pennsylvania Driver’s License or other identification along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use.
- Even though you are rushed and thinking about a hundred things, stay alert to your surroundings.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
- Pay for purchases with a check, debit card or credit card when possible.
- Keep cash in your front pocket.
- Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.
- Keep a record of all your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
- Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit.
- Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
- Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, "con-artists" may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
- Know the area you are going to be shopping in, have a cell phone with you in case of an emergency. Dial 9-1-1 in an emergency and describe the surroundings to the dispatcher in the event you are not familiar with the area; use landmarks, buildings, etc.
- Above all else do not panic in an emergency; remain calm and play it smart.
Safety Tips for Children
- Teach your children to stay with you at all times while shopping. They should always check first with you before they go anywhere. Always supervise your children in a public facility and accompany young children to the restroom.
- Make a plan in case you become separated. Have older kids meet you in a pre-designated spot (e.g. the sales counter or mall information booth). Teach younger children to look for people who can help within the store or mall — a uniformed security officer, a salesperson with a nametag, a mother with children, etc. They should never leave the store/mall or go to the parking lot to look for you or your car.
- Turn shopping trips into opportunities for your children to practice these “safe shopping” skills.
- Leave clothing that displays your children’s names at home, as it can prompt unwelcome attention from people who may be looking for an opportunity to start a conversation with your children.
- Never leave children in toy stores or public facilities (e.g. video arcades, movie theaters, playgrounds) and expect store personnel to supervise your children.
- Have older children take a friend, if you allow them to go shopping or to public functions without you. It’s more fun and much safer. Older children should check in with you on a regular basis while they are out. Agree on a clear plan for picking them up including: where, what time, and what to do in case of a change in plans. Utilize a cell phone if your child is allowed to carry one.
- Make other arrangements for childcare, if you feel that you will be distracted during holiday shopping.