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Before the flood:
Keep a portable radio, flashlight, emergency supplies and a
first aid kit on hand.
Monitor the radio for weather updates and evacuate immedi-
ately 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.
During the flood:
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 waterways can have deadly
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 a bus.
After a flood:
Clean and dry everything water-soaked.
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.
Have your electrical wiring checked before turning on the
Purify water before using. Use chlorine bleach or water puri-
fying tablets. Boil tap water for ten minutes.
Are you ready for aflood?
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"We have to nurture the Carnival
first---the pan, the mas, the music,"
he explained. "The problems we are
faced with now were affected back
in the 60s. Back then, at my age, I
could have easily sung a Sparrow or
Kitchener road march. But now, at
best, the songs are catchy but not
very clever lyrics.
"When I go to Panorama every
year I see people my age for the
youngest, except for those who play-
ing. As for mas, as a child I loved
mas. I remember people rushing
home to see Minsh (Peter Minshall)
on TV. What are they doing now?"
Not that he objects to a pretty
masquerader in bikini, feathers and
beads, because that is freedom of
choice and, of course, pleasing to the
eye. But Johnson speaks of the quality
and leverage that is added to the Car-
"The Carnival Institute will con-
tribute to fixing it," Johnson said.
"For calypso and soca, we are working
with Tuco (the overarching body for
calypso and soca artistes---the Trin-
bago Unified Calypso Organisation)
to have courses in adjudication and
"We have to start with the children.
Use the technology. We have to go
on YouTube so that they can learn
almost every musical genre. If you
go on now, you may not find anything
that teaches them how to learn calyp-
so. We need to get experienced people
to post on YouTube. We need to deal
with youth in their medium---audio-
As for pan, he said there are plans
to host an international course that
is certified at the University of the
West Indies and UTT. The modules
will include composing, arranging
and improvising on the pan. "A grad-
uate of mine, when I was supervising
his thesis, found 41 universities
already hosting something like this,"
Johnson pointed out.
For mas, it means going back to
the roots of construction by teaching
how to build traditional mas.
"We will teach them. We want to
change, turn it around to the Uni-
versity of the Institute of Carnival,"
Johnson said. "We are going beyond
data collection and dissemination.
We plan to do it in a grander way."
To be recognised as an international
resource, he added, other facilities
must be included. A virtual museum,
for example, is the first step in that
direction. But before it can reach
there, Johnson said proper computer
servers are needed to ensure proper
recording and back-up of data.
At the same time, there is a need
to interview the pioneers.
"We need a full crew to do that.
We need to make connections with
people like Ray Funk who has a vast,
personal archive of calypso. We need
to establish links with the Smith-
sonian; with Dartmouth College
where the (T&T playwright and Car-
nival author) Errol Hill archives are
kept," Johnson added.
Another focus will be income gen-
eration for the sake of heritage preser-
vation. Using legendary pan musician
Bernie Manette, as example. At West
Virginia University he charges stu-
dents to attend a three-week summer
course in music, arranging and pan-
tuning. Johnson believes something
similar can be done at the institute.
"People from as far as Tokyo are
coming to do that with Bernie. I
thought that we should be doing that
here. People will come down to be
taught by Boogsie (Len Sharpe of
Petrotrin Phase II) or a "Smooth"
(Leon Edwards of Massy All Stars),"
An understanding of festival of
Carnival, Johnson believes, should
be the focus before the industry
begins to develop. It begins by using
the institute as its anchor.
Dr Kim Johnson is working on making the Carnival Institute to be an
international Carnival resource. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
"When I go to Panorama
every year I see people my
age for the youngest, except
for those who playing. As
for mas, as a child I loved
mas. I remember people
rushing home to see Minsh
(Peter Minshall) on TV.
What are they doing now?"
Johnson: We have to nurture the Carnival first
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