Did you know flash floods can be very dangerous and causes deaths in a lot of countries? You won't have to live in mountain area to discover thunderstorms and its frequency and its severity. The lightning has been experienced by people each year and is upmost frightened, encountered a dangerous weather hazard.
Scheveningen and other places along the Dutch coast show tremendous (and beautiful) clouds in the sky when bad weather's comin' up and, unfortunately it's an attraction to experience to some people. Please, take care of yourself and think of next ...
Go inside wherever you can. When outside the lightning hit can be fatal. Do not stay in small boats, and
STAY AWAY FROM WATER!
Get the beach cleared, like football fields, golf courses and other large, open areas!
Yes, the trams can be dangerous. Their tracks cross roads, bicycle paths and sidewalks. For all their bulk, they’re quite quiet because they’re electric. They have their own traffic lights and often have the right-of-way. If you’re in the way of a tram, they’ll ring their bell at you. If you ignore the bell, you’ll hear a horn blaring at you. You don’t want to hear that horn. It means you have only moments to get out of the way. How do you stay safe? Stay off their tracks whenever possible and never think that you’re faster than a tram.
In Holland roads bikes have the right on everybody and everything, usually they run on dedicated places at the side of roads, but it can happen that you find them on normal roads, specially in city center, so pay attention and watch carefully.
Pay attention while driving your car on the road.
There are many speedometers ready to shot a picture of your license plates and give you a ticket. So read the road signs about speed limits.
Speedometers are also well signaled.
When the wind is blowing over the ocean, the surface is moving too. The tidal currents cause utmost dangerous situations for swimmers. Though the breakwaters, placed by humans, are even more perfidious, while it causes watercourses under the ocean surface. You cannot see these channels of suction (named "muistroom" in Dutch), so you should take care when bathing in the sea as there are dangerous undercurrents and, strong with ebb-tide. Watch for the signs, placed all along the North Sea coast of Holland ...
When sucked into such a "muistroom", don't panic. The more you struggle, the more you sink away, the more you're gonna tire yourself. Let go all of it, and when the water has lost her strong power, and it's quiet again, you can swim back quietly, even the shore looks far away. This is the best you can do, and please, do avoid the piers ...
As in many other coastal towns seagulls are well experienced in divebombing and snatching whatever food they can grab during that flight. Also a nice peace of theatre performance (or show off) is displayed in front of you, while eating a sandwhich or a "patatje met" (French fries).
Be aware there are no seagull toilets around!
Please, in spite of what tourists and local people do, watch the signs when entering the beach along Holland's shore!
So there are no dogs allowed from May 15th. until September 30th.
And no bikes on the beach from May 15th. until September 15th.
It is not allowed to sleep on the beach or to pitch your tent from 19.00 until 10.00 hrs. in the morning.
When you need help, please phone the alarm-number 1 1 2 !
For info about the ocean-water you may phone 070 - 441 7 550 .
It is amazing a lot of people do not care about some rules, included along the beach. It's such a pity when they fly into an emotional passion for getting troubles. They have to pay a fine and will get a ticket anyway.
Thanks for reading.
Swimming can be dangerous in the vicinity of the piers because of the currents.
Also in between the sandbanks tidal currents can drag you into the sea.
The First Aid, Beach watch and Police building is located between beach heads 45 & 46 (South of the Pier).
This is an experience way back in 2001. My wife and I were having lunch at the foodcourt at the Palace Promenade in Scheveningen. She had just arrived in The Netherlands from Manila and was still weary from the long flight and the change in time zone. I was off buying food at one of the stalls and somehow my wife's bag was stolen right under her nose as she was sitting at one of the tables. The bag contained her passport, credit cards, driver's license, cellphone and some 800 US$ in cash. The thief had probably observed that my wife wasn't at full wits and took advantage of the situation. With the help of some of the stall owners and staff, we were able to call the police and report the incident. A volunteer from the tourist police then was assigned to assist us in contacting our embassy and for other matters. Later that day, my wife's bag was found at the beach with her passport and other documents intact. The tourist police informed us at our hotel and assisted us in getting to the police station to get back what was left of my wife's bag. Of course the thief took the cash and her cellphone as well as the credit cards which we promptly reported stolen to the card issuers. The thief even had the gall to call me on my phone using my wife's cellphone uttering arabic phrases. I have no way of knowing if indeed the thief was arabic and I do not mean to make any conclusions in this regard. We were still able to continue with the trip despite the loss but such an experience truly soured our trip. The assistance from the authorities and staff at the Palace Promenade provided some comfort however. The message is to just always be aware of such elements. I had thought that such incidents only happened in the third world, but it appears that petty crime is alive and well even in developed countries. Tourists are an obvious target and it only makes it more essential to be aware of such possibilities.
Sometimes Scheveningen tries too hard to be the ultimate seaside resort.
Elegance - phoney palm trees! - and culture - mega cinema! - go side by side with garbage: a bike has been left on the pavement. From the dark clouds you can tell it's not always sunny in Scheveningen ...
Especially in summer there can be many seagulls aound the beach and harbour. And further into the season they tend to get more audacious. Lots of people give them food and of course there is enough to find so they can get really close.. But don't try to feet them holding something in your hand.. They might take up the challenge but without making the destinction between the food and your hand..
jochies means boys and meissies is girls.
So do not go wandering off to search for the usual signs .. this is the place.
Quite funny I think :-)