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Are you ready for aflood?
Source: The T&T Red Cross Society
Contact the Red Cross: Headquarters - 627-8215/8128, Northern branch - 627-8214, Southern branch - 652-2024, Tobago branch - 639-2781
Floods are the leading cause of
disaster-related death in the
Caribbean, but since most can be
forecast, you should have time to
prepare. Your Red Cross urges you
to get ready. There are simple
steps you can take to help protect
your family from a flood.
Know your area's flood risk. If
unsure, call your Red Cross or
Emergency Management Agency.
If you are in a risk area, investigate
the feasibility of flood insurance.
Know the location of the main elec-
trical breaker and the gas and water
valves in your home and ensure you
have a clear path to easily access
them so that you can shut them off
When a Flood
Warning is issued:
Monitor the radio for weather
updates and evacuate immediately if
you are told to do so.
Move your furniture and valuables to
higher floors of your home or place
them high if possible.
Bring in all loose items from outside,
like garbage cans and yard furniture
for safe keeping.
Turn off the main electrical switch
and other utilities.
Place important documents and
valuables in plastic and store them
in a safe place.
Flood water dangers:
Do not walk through flowing water.
Just six inches of moving water can
knock you off your feet.
Never attempt to cross a swollen
stream, river or gully by foot or
vehicle. The force of these water-
ways can have deadly consequences.
If your vehicle stalls in rising water,
abandon it immediately and climb to
higher ground. A mere two feet of
water can float a large vehicle, even
After a flood:
Clean and dry everything water-
soaked. Flood waters can pick up
sewerage and chemicals from roads,
farms and factories. Spoiled food
and flooded medicines are health
hazards. When in doubt, throw them
Check appliances and motors for
damage and do not use them until
they have been cleaned and dried.
Watch out for wild animals. Snakes
and centipedes that have been
flooded out of their homes may seek
shelter in yours. Use a pole or a
stick to poke and turn items over
and scare them away.
If your home was seriously affected
by the floods and you suspect your
electrical wiring may have been
damaged, have it checked by a quali-
fied person before turning on the
main electrical switch.
Punch holes in all containers left
outside to prevent water from set-
tling and these from becoming
breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Purify water before using. Use chlo-
rine bleach or water purifying
tablets. Boil tap water for ten min-
T&T Red Cross Society
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Homicide detectives are investi-
gating the murder of a Mentor Alley,
Laventille, man who died after being
dropped off at the Port-of-Spain
Police said 29-year-old Solomon
Smith was dropped off at the hospital
with gunshot wounds to the head and
chest around 12.30 am yesterday. He
died an hour-and-a-half later.
Police said they were unsure of a
motive behind the shooting and were
only told that the man was shot some-
time around 11 pm Monday night on
Police said a check of his criminal
record showed he was never arrest-
'Dropped-off' man dies
JENSEN LA VENDE
If society and the police do not
stop the ideology of fighting fire
with fire then there would be
more funerals, according to Rev
Kirby Jackson who delivered the
homily at the funeral service for
three men killed by police last
Jackson, during his message at
the La Horquetta Gospel Foun-
dation, told mourners: "We have
to stop glorifying things that are
negative. Young men need to know
that joining into gangs is wrong.
"Our police officers must know
that even if our young men are
going wrong or are doing some-
thing wrong they are not to be
judge and jury but let justice take
"We must also understand that
the days are really tough for law
enforcement officers and some-
times when they walk into a com-
munity they are unsure of what
they would meet.
"There are some who believe
they will fight fire with fire, all
that will create is more anger with-
in our people."
He said there were both good
and bad elements in the La Hor-
quetta community, having served
in the area for the past five years.
He called on young men to
change their ways and turn their
lives to God as society was "going
down a pathway that is leading
to destruction and spreading like
He blamed some of the nega-
tivity in society on music which
glorified illegal activity and gun
Pastor at funeral of 3 killed by police:
Let our young men grow old
violence, saying if he could, he would
ban such songs.
"It is time we let our sons grow old
and die of old age. I challenge you
young men to change your mentali-
ty."Jackson was the officiating minister
at the funeral service for th La Hor-
quetta men---David "Junior" Baker,
Baker s nephew Kareem Edwards and
Reuben Richins---who were killed at a
house at Kurban Drive, Freeport, on
Police subsequently identified Baker
as the man who shot Senior Counsel
Dana Seetahal dead on May 4 at Wood-
According to police, Baker, 28;
Edwards, 19; and their neighbour
Richins, 23, were at a house at
Kurban Ali Drive, Calcutta #2,
Freeport, when they were shot.
Members of the North Eastern
Division Task Force went to the
house in search of Baker, who
had six outstanding warrants for
murder and gun-related offences.
Police said as they entered the
house they were shot at and they
returned fire, fatally wounding
The trio were all shot in the
chest and taken to the Couva
Health Facility where they were
pronounced dead on arrival. Police
said two bulletproof vests, a .38
revolver and a .45 pistol were
Mourners during the funeral service for Kareem Edwards, inset, top right, David Baker, centre, and Reuben Richins
who were killed by police in Freeport last week Tuesday. PHOTO: MARYANN AUGUSTE
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