An Incident Near Loch Ness (A Scottish Science Fiction Story)
The following is entirely fictional
There has been an incident at the tiny settlement of Dochgarroch on the banks of Loch Ness. Army units from Fort George have been seen driving out of the South West of Inverness to respond. They are being joined by air units from elsewhere in the country.
All communication with the area has ceased and details at this point are limited. We can, however, confirm that some sort of devastating event has taken place. Satellite footage of the area broadcast less than half an hour ago by BBC Scotland appears to show hundreds of fallen trees and a number of seriously damaged houses, many with roofs missing. There is, however, no evidence of an explosion and all major terrorist groups have denied involvement.
It is unclear at this point whether the incident is connected with, as yet unsubstantiated, sightings of oversized reptilian creatures in and around the Loch Ness area.
Local emergency response organisations have declared a major incident and at a joint press conference the following statement was released:
Police can confirm that the incident near Loch Ness is likely to cause the following in the coming days and weeks for large sections of Scotland.
We strongly recommend that all Scottish residents act now to create an Emergency plan. Details on how to do this can be found here http://readyscotland.org/at-home/create-an-emergency-plan/
- Power cuts or disruption to fuel supplies
- Loss of telephone communications or impact to online services
- Possible Flooding in some areas
- Disruption to travel
As part of this plan, residents are asked to put together an Emergency Kit and prepare for possible evacuation.
This kit should include
In order to continue to receive real time updates as the situation develops, residents are being encouraged to download the Ready Scotland App and sign up for Floodline the UK's Flood warning system.
- Your household emergency plan, including emergency contact numbers
- A battery operated torch and spare batteries (or a wind up torch)
- A battery operated radio and spare batteries (or a wind up radio)
- Any essential medication, some toiletries and a first aid kit
- Three days' supply of bottled water and ready to eat food (that won't go off)
- Copies of important documents like insurance policies and birth certificates, in case you need to locate these quickly or prove your identity
- Pencil, paper, a penknife and a whistle
- Spare keys to your home and car
- Spare glasses or contact lenses.
Food for thought?
The preceding account was obviously entirely fictional but funnily a lot of the things you should do to prepare for an attack by the Loch Ness monster are the same things you should do to prepare for real emergencies like severe weather, flooding (Nessie might destroy some dams!), terrorism or outbreaks of disease.
It can be hard to think clearly when Nessie is on the move, so the time to make preparations is now while there is no emergency. Something simple you can do to start with this weekend is consider downloading the Ready Scotland App and signing up to get alerts from Floodline.
Get the Ready Scotland App http://www.readyscotland.org/are-you-ready/smartphone-app/
Sign up for Floodline http://floodline.sepa.org.uk/floodingsignup/
Other things you can do
Create a community emergency plan. More information here http://www.readyscotland.org/my-community/creating-a-community-emergency-plan/
Learn CPR. More information here https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/nation-of-lifesavers/join-the-nation-of-lifesavers
Convince a local radio station or newsletter to publish emergency advice.
Put together an emergency kit. More information here http://readyscotland.org/at-home/emergency-kit-checklist/
Share this advice with five people
Make an ICE (In Case of Emergency) Entry in your phone. Find out how here http://www.readyscotland.org/travel/emergency-travel-kit/ice/