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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
Random drug testing was con-
ducted at this year s staging of the
University of the West Indies (UWI)
Sport and Physical Education Centre
(SPEC) International half marathon
and the findings will inspire the
sporting fraternity, says Major David
Benjamin, director of the pro-
Speaking at Tuesday s awards cer-
emony held at UWI-SPEC s Audi-
torium at the St Augustine Campus,
Major Benjamin said, "For the first
time in our event history, we con-
ducted random drug testing, post
event, and I am happy to report that
all persons tested returned a negative
result. For the first time the event
saw a massive registration of 1,200
"Three weeks before the event, it
was sold out and we were inundated
with call for a squeeze in as we will
say in local parlance or rather accom-
"Twelve hundred runners, and per-
sons were still knocking on the doors
of our event---phenomenal."
He added: "And, yes, we started
on time. With military precision at
5.20 am, the wheelchair athletes
started and then his Excellency Pres-
ident Anthony Carmona sounded the
starter s pistol at 5.30 am.
"We have and are still receiving
very positive feedback from this time
adjustment and indeed this is here
He said the inclusion of entertain-
ment: steelpan, tassa and African
drumming along the route was a good
move. Major Benjamin said athletes
have asked for it to remain.
He said he believed this feature
helped the athletes maintain a good
rhythm along the 13.1 mile event.
However, he said, the day s event
did not go off without hitches.
Major Benjamain said: "Everything
did not go as flawless as we would
have liked, but, it is said that the
true strength of a man s and woman s
character is not tested under normal
circumstances, but it is when one
faces adverse situations that call for
immediate action and decision. I
think that collectively the manage-
ment team of the event accomplished
Volunteers on the day received high
praise, too. Had they asked for finan-
cial remuneration, said Major Ben-
jamin, there would be no money to
Having included categories for per-
sons with disabilities over the years,
Major Benjamin said his team learnt
that did not necessarily include per-
sons with physical disabilities.
"This year, we recognised the
omission and invited Special
Olympics to partner with us. Special
Olympics (of T&T) cater for persons
with Intellectual Disabilities. SOTT
participated in a relay marathon," he
Major Benjamin added: "Today is
a celebration of the success of every
one that competed and completed
the 13.1 mile event. It is a celebration
of your success. You have trained and
committed many hours towards this
pursuit of excellence, and for this,
today you reap the rewards of your
"But you have, I m sure, learned
many vital life lessons along this jour-
ney, the manifestation of your tough-
ness, your mental agility and
resilience and all traits, which I m
sure have been developed, if not
enhanced along the journey," he said.
No drug cheaters at
UWI half marathon
Ricky Singh, left, winner of the wheelchair category accepts his prize from T'Shura
Sempel, manager, Student Welfare, Roytec.
Charles Spooner, 90, right, winner of the 80 and above category accepts his award from Cheridan
Woodruffe, president, UWI Student Alumni.
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