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Are you ready for a
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
Natural disasters can strike anytime, anywhere.
There are simple steps you can take to help
protect your family from a natural disaster.
Call your Emergency Management Office and the
Red Cross for further details.
Find out which disasters could occur in your area
and how to prepare.
Ask how you would be warned of an emergency.
Learn your communities' evacuation routes.
Ask where your nearest emergency shelters are
Ask about any special assistance for the elderly or
Ask about the plans in place at work, schools or
day care centres as well.
Create an Emergency Plan:
Meet with household members. Discuss with chil-
dren the dangers of fire, severe weather, earth-
quakes and other emergencies.
Discuss how to respond to each disaster that
Draw a floor plan of your home. Mark two escape
routes from each room. Practise an emergency
evacuation drill at least two times a year.
Learn how to turn off your water, gas and electric-
ity at the main switches.
Discuss what to do about power outages and per-
Post emergency numbers near telephones:
ODPM (Trinidad) - 640-1285/8905/8653/
800-ODPM website: odpm.gov.tt
ODPM (Tobago) - 660-7489/7686
Police - 999
Fire Services - 990
Coast Guard - 634-4440/4532/4554
Defence Force - 634-4532
Ambulance Service (EHS) - 624-4343
EMA - 628-8042
T&TEC - 625-1296/1774
TSTT - 6611
National Gas - 800-4427
Nearest health facility
Teach children how and when to call 999, Police and
Fire Services and how to make long distance calls.
Instruct household members to turn to the radio
for emergency information.
Pick one out-of-the-area-relative and one local
friend or relative for family members to call or
meet at if separated by a disaster.
Take a basic First Aid course and CPR class.
Make a list of valuables. Keep family records in a
waterproof and fireproof container.
Prepare a disaster supply list:
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape
- Canned goods, non-perishable foods and a
non-electric can opener
- Drinking water
- Any special dietary food if required
- Identification, cash, valuable papers,
insurance policies and photos
- Battery-operated radio with extra batteries
- Personal hygiene items
- Disposable utensils
- Infant-care items
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Easy carrying container (bag) for all items.
Prepare a First Aid Kit:
- Prescription medications, betadine solu-
tion, gauze bandages, adhesive tape, sterile
pads, band aids, triangular bandages, safety
scissors, non-prescription medication, sun
screen, insect repellent, non-latex gloves,
absorbent compress 5x9 dressing, adhesive
bandages (assorted sizes), antiseptic wipes,
antibiotic ointment packets, etc.
Prepare an Emergency Car Kit:
Battery powered radio (with extra batteries),
flashlight (with extra batteries), sleeping
bags or blankets, first-aid kit and manual,
bottled water, non-perishable high energy
foods such as granola bars, raisins and
peanut butter, booster cables, a fire extin-
guisher, maps, shovel, tyre repair kit and
pump and flares.
T&T Red Cross Society
Electrical Engineering Technician
• Must have certification in Electrical
and Electronic Engineering
• Must have a Diploma in Auto CAD
• Must have at least five years
experience in substantial electrical
engineering designs and repairs
• Male or female applicants accepted
Applicants must send resumes to
Modern Electrical Supplies Limited
PO BAG 279
and applicants are also required to
submit a copy of the application to :
Chief Manpower Officer
Ministry of Labour & Small Micro Enterprise
50 - 54 Duke Place , Duke Street Port of Spain
ONLY SUITABLE APPLICANTS
WOULD BE ACCEPTED 0318040
An Industrial Court judge Dr Selwyn Samaroo
has taken the bold initiative to try to save the
younger generation from a life of crime.
Starting in his community of Esmeralda,
Williamsville, Samaroo has already taken the first
step to reclaim his community from crime and crim-
inal, but is seeking the help of law-abiding citizens
to partner with him in this exercise. He said it is also
a call to older, retired people who have the time and
capacity to make a difference, to get involved.
Samaroo credited his 67-year-old uncle, Mervyn,
as being the driving force behind this initiative. He
said he and Mervyn embarked on a 70-mile walk
from Williamsville to Sangre Grande on Valentine s
Day in an effort to test their own endurance in an
effort to bring awareness to the problems not only
in their community, but in the country.
Now they are ready to take it one step further.
In an interview, Samaroo said he is very concerned
that the youths in his community seem to have lost
their sense of purpose and have gravitated to a life
of crime and drug use. He said unemployment has
also become a fad.
"I am truly concerned with the community where
I grew up and concerned with what has happened.
The Gasparillo police are doing a tremendous job,
but the police alone cannot fight against drugs and
crime. We need citizens to come out and get involved
in this fight. All law-abiding citizens must stand
together and rise up against this scourge."
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Industrial Courts judge Dr
Selwyn Samaroo, right, and
his uncle Mervyn on their walk
from Biche to Sangre Grande.
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