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The hurricane season lasts from June through
November, with August and September being the
Know the location of the nearest emergency shelter
in your area.
Trim the trees in your yard, especially those near
your home, so limbs won't fly around during a
If you have hurricane shutters, inspect them now
and repair damaged ones. Know how to install them,
and if you will be boarding up your windows, have
the wood and tools ready.
Know the location of the main electrical breaker and
the gas and water valves in your home. Have a clear
path to easily access them to shut them off when a
Make a list of the items in and around your yard to
bring in or tie down when a tropical storm or hurri-
cane approaches. For example: TV antenna, plants,
garbage cans and yard furniture.
Check your insurance policy for coverage on wind
and flood damage, especially if you''re in a low-lying
Keep a portable radio, flashlight (both with extra
batteries), emergency supplies, first aid kit, canned
food and bottled water on hand throughout the hur-
Keep yourself updated as to the weather conditions
and the possibilities of severe weather.
Have your emergency numbers at hand and in a
Designate an interior room with no windows or
external doors as a "Safe Room." Work with your
local professionals in the design of the same.
Discuss the types of potential hazards with your
family and know your community's and home's vul-
Determine escape routes and places to meet if sep-
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
Before a hurricane:
A HURRICANE WATCH is given when the hurricane
is possible within 36 hours.
When a hurricane watch is issued, you should moni-
tor news reports closely for more information.
Continue your preparation activities and be pre-
pared to evacuate immediately when instructed to
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.
Stay away from windows and stay inside if you are
not told to evacuate.
Beware that the centre of a hurricane, or the eye,
can be very calm and deceptive. When the eye pass-
es, the storm is not over. Stay inside because the
fury of the winds will return, this time from the
Remain in your safe location until the storm has
passed completely and the all clear has been given.
Better be ready As we brace for the unpre-
dictability 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.
Are you ready for ahurricane?
HURRICANE SAFETY TIPS
When a hurricane approaches:
During a hurricane:
Contact the Red Cross: Headquarters - 627-8215/8128, Northern branch - 627-8214, Southern branch - 652-2024, Tobago branch - 639-2781
T&T Red Cross Society
Source: The T&T Red Cross Society
RAMALLAH, West Bank---Egypt will host a brief
round of indirect talks this week between Israelis
and Palestinians on a sustained Gaza cease-fire
deal, as well as negotiations between Palestinian
rivals Hamas and Fatah on who should run the
territory, a Palestinian official said yesterday.
Both sessions will be held Tuesday in Cairo,
said Azzam al-Ahmed,
an aide to Palestinian
Abbas. Israeli govern-
ment spokesman Mark
Regev declined to com-
Israel and Gaza s rul-
ing Hamas fought a 50-
day war that ended in
late August. Under the
deal that ended the
fighting, Israel and
Hamas were to return
to Cairo within a month to hold indirect nego-
tiations on a broader deal for Gaza.
The Islamic militant group Hamas demands
that Israel and Egypt lift their blockade of Gaza,
which was imposed after Hamas seized the territory
from longtime rival Abbas in 2007. Israel has said
it can only end the closure if Hamas disarms, a
demand the group has rejected.
Neither side appears eager to resume fighting,
but they could be dragged into another war if no
solution is found. Hamas has used sporadic rocket
fire at Israel as a means of political pressure, but
Israeli leaders have said they would not tolerate
any attacks from Gaza.
Al-Ahmed said the indirect talks
between the Israeli and Palestinian del-
egations would be brief and would con-
tinue after the Jewish high holidays, a
ten-day period that begins Wednesday.
Israel and Egypt consider the West-
ern-backed Abbas as a guarantor of any
Gaza border deal, but there have been
signs of growing disagreement between
Abbas and Hamas over who would run
In the spring, Abbas, the leader of
Fatah, reached a tentative agreement with
Hamas under which he would head a
temporary unity government of experts
in both the West Bank and Gaza. However,
major issues were left unresolved, includ-
ing the fate of 40,000 government
employees hired during the Hamas era
and control over the Gaza security forces.
Egypt to host post-Gaza war talks this week
they could be
another war if
no solution is
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