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Better be ready
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
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.
Ensure that your house
is properly prepared:
Ensure your roof is properly installed.
Ensure end gables are securely fas-
tened to the rest of the roof.
Ensure double entry doors are secured
at the top and bottom.
Ensure your garage door is properly
Ensure all windows are protected by
either boards or shutters. In a hurri-
cane, items can become projectiles and
cause damage and injury. Consider
screens for the windows.
Ensure the roof is fastened to the walls
with hurricane straps.
Ensure home is protected from poten-
Ensure the main electrical panel board
is located above the potential flood
Ensure all electrical outlets and
switches are located above the poten-
tial flood line.
Ensure the washer and dryer and
water heater unit are above the flood
Ensure all floor drains in the flood line
have a float plug the drain when need-
Ensure your sewer system has a back-
Have your local professionals review
the same to ensure all is in a state of
Put aside these items in the
event you need to evacuate:
Plastic sheeting and duct tape.
Foods (canned goods and non-perish-
able foods) that do not need cooking.
Enough for one day and three meals. A
non-electric can opener should also be
Drinking water in non-breakable con-
tainers (at least two quarts per person
Any special dietary food, if required.
Identification, cash, valuable papers,
insurance policies and photos in a
Battery-operated all-weather radio
with extra batteries.
Personal hygiene items such as soap,
deodorant, shampoo, toothbrush,
toothpaste, aspirin, antacid, diapers,
washcloths, feminine products, towels
Utensils such as disposable plates,
cups, forks, knives, spoons, napkins
Personal aids such as eyeglasses,
hearing aids (with extra batteries),
hand shavers, cream, prosthetic
Books, magazines, cards, toys and
Infant care items such as formula,
food, wipes and disposable diapers.
Flashlight and extra batteries.
First aid kit with prescription medica-
tions, betadine solution, gauze bandag-
es, adhesive tape, sterile pads, band
aids, triangular bandages, safety scis-
sors, non-prescription medication, sun
screen, insect repellent, non-latex
gloves, absorbent compress 5x9 dress-
ing, adhesive bandages (assorted
sizes), antiseptic wipes, antibiotic oint-
ment packets, etc.
Sleeping bags or blankets, sheets and
pillows, garbage bags, ties etc.
Change of clothing plus an extra pair
Easy carrying container (bag) for all
Are you ready for ahurricane?
T&T Red Cross Society
So you had the big interview. You prepared well,
had a great conversation, and are convinced you
got the job. You go home and wait for the phone
When it does not ring within 24 hours, you start
to wonder what is going on?
What IS Going On?
If you interviewed early in the process, you are
likely one of the first candidates to be considered.
Companies rarely select a candidate without
alternatives to compare to. Although the candidate
selection outcome is probably at the forefront of
your mind, it is likely to be a lower priority for the
business. After all, they have today s burning
issues to resolve. The candidate selection process
is important, but it can usually wait a day or two (or
more) without an impact.
Many companies have a process in which all
members of the team who interviewed you must
come to consensus on all candidates. Scheduling a
time for all of them to meet can sometimes be
difficult. Even putting together an offer can take
time if many approvals are necessary.
There are many more reasons why the phone has
not rung within 24 hours. Instead of wondering
what s going on, think about things within your
What You Should Be Doing
• Discuss with the external recruiter the pro s
and con s of the opportunity.
If you are working with an external recruiter (one
who recruits on behalf of a company, but is not an
employee), you might find through a follow-up
discussion that the con s you identified are not as
critical as you first thought. And, that the positives
might have more benefits associated with them.
The beauty of working with an external recruiter is
they know the client better than you and can help
sort through your observations and opinions about
the team. Additionally, the recruiter can provide
an objective perspective based on their own
experiences with the company.
• Weigh alternatives.
Whatever methodology you use, start thinking
about this opportunity versus others (or your ideal
opportunity). Determine if you have any major
reservations to taking an offer if accepted.
Although it is a little premature, as there is no offer
in hand, you should be prepared to talk to your
recruiter about your requirements for an offer
(when the recruiter asks for them). Be sure to
clarify specific deal-breaker items from flexible
• Communicate activity on other job offers.
Hopefully, you and your recruiter have been
communicating throughout the process about
other opportunities. At this stage, it is even more
critical. The external recruiter needs to know if
you have other opportunities that may reach an
offer stage soon; they may be able to move the
process along with their client. Similarly, if you
would like to slow the process down to let another
opportunity catch up, the recruiter should know.
• Send out thank you notes to all
Always send a thank you note. If you
think the mail will not arrive fast enough,
send email. More on this subject in this
What You Should Not Be Doing
• Quitting your current job or job search
No matter what you are told during the
interview, until there is an offer in writing
and both parties sign it, there is NO JOB.
Many hiccups can occur at the end of the
process. It may sound like common
sense, but there are stories galore on this
• Negotiating with your current
In most cases, when someone decides
to leave their current employer, they
should actually leave. Having second
thoughts and negotiating for more pay is
not recommended. Many managers will
not appreciate having an ultimatum
thrust at them, "more pay or I leave."
Even if an agreement is made, often
times, it is short-lived and the employee
• Calling the recruiter every day for an
The recruiter will call you as soon as
there is news to share, typically only after
an offer is accepted by another candidate
or one is coming your way. Until then,
everything is still up in the air and
anything can happen. Recruiters don t
like to spend time hypothesizing what
might happen. They wait until
something concrete does happen.
With this in mind, asking the external
recruiter where you rank relative to the
other candidates is also not
recommended. If the recruiter did a good
job presenting only the best, then it
would be hard to answer your question.
Plus, there could be candidates in the mix
that the recruiter does not know about.
Stay focused on the positives and be
prepared for any outcome. If you have
done your best to have a great interview
and you truly are the ideal candidate for
the job, the phone will ring.
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