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Better be ready
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
I saw tweets on Wednesday from coach Randy
Waldrum reaching out to the public for financial
support for the women s national team which had
arrived in Dallas for their World Cup qualifier
games. The tweet posted by the coach himself stated
that the team was sent to this tournament with
only US $500. There was no equipment available
to the team and no transport from the airport to
the hotel arranged. According to the tweets, Wal-
drum did not know how he was even going to feed
the ladies squad from that very same afternoon.
He was gracious enough to credit the TTFA as
having "helped all they can," pointing out in one of
his tweets that more money and staff would be pro-
vided the following day but I could not help but
wonder a few things: First, who is accountable for
such poor planning and preparation to ensure that
once the girls arrived, the only thing that needed to
occupy their mind was performing well. The other
thing that ran through my head is, exactly what
thoughts, actions and phone calls must have transpired
before turning to a public forum, like Twitter, to beg
anyone around the world to support a national team
from a country that supposedly possesses a thriving
I would imagine that posting such a state of affairs
concerning a national team on a forum like Twitter,
would have been met with a measure of embarrass-
ment by the relevant parties, or maybe this is what
I would like to believe. You read the follow-up com-
ments on different sites and there are those who said
that stuff like this happens all over the world. I think,
even if that is true, does that make it an acceptable
standard for us? Are election campaigns not centred
on promising the good citizens of this great nation
that framework would be in place to elevate the
current standards in the local sporting environment.
One person posted a comment wondering whether
Waldrum s twitter account had been hacked into.
The coach replied confirming that the posting was
legit and later followed with a means by which dona-
tions can be made to the team, accessible by anyone
from anywhere. What depths had this coach reached
to have to resort to this measure?
In my last column I presented the question whether
anyone really cares about sport in this country. Do
the Federations really care?
Earlier this year another national team was in this
scenario, where athletes had arrived for a tournament
and things were not in place. Here it is again, hap-
pening a second time within the same year. Where
is the problem? These are the young men and women
of this country that we are supposed to be taking
care of and not out of charity---no! These are athletes
who are in a foreign country representing T&T. Is
this the best that this system is able to offer?
There comes a point when certain things are
unacceptable and the arrival of a team in a foreign
country for a tournament with not even meals
arranged to feed them properly is one of them. If
Dallas World Cup situation unacceptable
these are the conditions being afforded to
these athletes, exactly what were the
expectations of their performances? It
could not have been anything spectacular.
If this is the case, then why bother pump-
ing resources into it at all? To make it
appear like you care about sport? To make
it appear like we are a progressive nation?
Athletes have gritted their teeth forever
in T&T; they do not tweet what they know
they should. They do not embarrass their
Federation, their country---maybe it is
because if they do, chances are they will
not see another national team or maybe it
is because they do not want to believe what
What Waldrum did to get the funding
for the team was a brave thing. I have known
team managers who have quicker used their
own credit card to fund teams, having been
put in similar situations. This time, for
whatever reason, that was not an option
and now questions must be asked. What
is going on? Does anyone really care about
sport in T&T?
Asha De Freitas-Moseley is a certified
athletic trainer with the National Athletic
Trainers' Association of the USA. She
has 12 years of experience rehabilitating
athletes and members of the active pop-
ulation from injury to full play. She can
be reached at Pulse Performance Ltd,
located at #17 Henry Pierre St, St James.
ZURICH---FIFA President Sepp Blatter has called
for a rethink of the away-goals rule.
The system in some two-leg games since the
1960s sees the team which has scored the most
goals on the road triumph if the aggregate score is
"It is time to rethink the system," Blatter writes
in the latest edition of the FIFA Weekly publication.
"Football has progressed since the 1960s, so the
away goals rule may now be questioned. Does the
away goals rule still make sense?
"The idea dates back to a time when away games
were often an adventure, involving journeys that
could be long and arduous---and the playing con-
ditions would vary considerably."
Blatter believes the rule favours the team that
plays the second leg on the road.
Blatter calls for rethink
of away-goals rule
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