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Before a hurricane:
Know the location of the nearest emergency shelter in your area.
Trim the trees in your yard,so limbs won't fly around during a
If you have hurricane shutters, inspect them now and repair dam-
Know the location of the main electrical breaker and the gas and
water valves in your home.
Make a list of the items in and around your yard to bring in or tie
down when a tropical storm or hurricane approaches. For exam-
ple: TV antenna, plants, garbage cans and yard furniture.
Check your insurance policy for coverage on wind and flood dam-
age, especially if you're in a low-lying area.
Keep a portable radio, flashlight (both with extra batteries),
emergency supplies, first aid kit, canned food and bottled water
on hand throughout the hurricane season.
Keep yourself updated as to the weather conditions and the pos-
sibilities of severe weather.
Have your emergency numbers at hand and in a convenient loca-
Designate an interior room with no windows or external doors as
a "Safe Room."
Determine escape routes and places to meet if separated.
Have an out-of-the-area-friend as a family contact so all have a
single point of contact and someone knows where you are.
Make a plan for your pets if you need to evacuate.
Take First Aid and CPR Classes. Your Red Cross can provide you
with the same.
When a hurricane approaches:
A hurricane watch is given when the hurricane is possible within
When a hurricane is 24 hours away, a hurricane warning is issued.
Hurricane landfall is imminent.
When a hurricane warning is issued, you should board up your
windows and doors, bring in loose items from outside, shut off
electrical, gas and water hook-ups and seek safe shelter.
During a hurricane:
Stay away from windows and stay inside if you are not told to
Beware that the centre of a hurricane, or the eye, can be very
calm and deceptive. When the eye passes, the storm is not over.
Stay inside because the fury of the winds will return, this time
from the opposite direction.
Remain in your safe location until the storm has passed com-
pletely and the all clear has been given.
Are you ready for ahurricane?
Source: The T&T Red Cross Society
As we brace for the unpredictability of
the hurricane season, it is important
to be prepared. Here are some simple
steps to help protect your family from
a storm or hurricane.
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The GIII Foundation, a non-profit organisation,
says this year s life skills training programme themed
Step Up 2014! has been very successful.
The programme, held last week at Radisson Hotel,
was attended by more than 100 participants between
the ages of ten to 17.
In a statement, patron of the foundation Nicole
Dyer Griffith said the programme was designed to
engage participants in the development of non-tra-
ditional personal development skills.
She said the foundation was formed out of a notice-
able gap in the educational system. Dyer Griffith said
the foundation seeks to support the current educa-
tional system by filling this gap. The programme,
she added, is supported by the work of its board
members and sponsors who come on board from
She lamented that such important work was not
the recipient of more state support.
Participants of this year s programme were exposed
to training in areas such as team-building, self-
esteem, conflict resolution and civics, facilitated by
Dyer Griffith, Karen Bart Alexander, Lorraine Pouchet
and Denmar Richards.
Dyer Griffith said the foundation has been around
since 2010, and was formed after her electoral cam-
paign in Diego Martin. She said she felt a definitive
need to fill this glaring gap in T&T s developmental
approach to education.
"As such, after that campaign, along with a group
of volunteers, we embarked on the work with this
foundation hosting these lifeskills training programmes
in Diego Martin called the Soaring Eagles Programme
that runs for six weeks on Saturday with volunteers
affording their time and expertise to support the effort.
We focused on conflict resolution, anger management,
self-esteem, communications skills," she said.
Dyer Griffith said the programme began to grow
and as such "we felt that this year s programme will
target a larger segment in a one-day format." The
response, she added, was overwhelming, with over
200 young people wanting to participate.
However, as a result of resource constraints the
foundation could only accommodate 100 youths.
Step Up 2014
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