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Better be ready
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
The statistics indicates that one in eight women
is diagnosed with breast cancer. It therefore stands
to reason why many people wonder what they
can do to reduce their individual risk of developing
The most popular question I ve been asked by
my patients and which I m sure many of you have
asked is: "Should I be eating a special diet to reduce
my risk of developing breast cancer or reduce my
risk of recurrence?"
In our society many people are of the view that
eating healthy is expensive. But one should also
consider the long-term effects of an unhealthy diet.
These effects may include: obesity, cardiac and
kidney disease, diabetes, and an increased risk of
developing breast cancer. Think of the economic
costs and psychological distress these illnesses have
on the individual and, by extension, their loved
Undoubtedly, a healthy diet is in fact one of the
things we can do to lower our risk of developing
cancer. Our diet is a critical tool that we have control
of. Since we can t always control our environment
and we definitely cannot control or alter our genetics,
we can certainly control what we put into our
How healthy is your diet? Ask yourself the fol-
• Does my daily meals consist of more plant-
based foods as opposed to more processed meats
and fried foods?
• Do I consume fast foods more than twice per
• Do I have a greater number of sugary juices as
opposed to a daily intake of eight or more glasses
of water per day?
• Do I drink in excess of two alcoholic beverages
• Do I consume four to five portions of fruit
It is important to note that a well-balanced diet
can provide the right amounts of vitamins, minerals
and antioxidants. This is generally the healthiest
and best way to get them. However, some people
may need to supplement the nutrients in
Ask your doctor or dietitian what to do
if you are 65 years of age or older. You
may also need supplements if you have
other medical conditions or are on a special
diet. A healthy diet and lifestyle are asso-
ciated with overall good health. There are
now studies which indicate that diet and
lifestyle may play a role in averting breast
cancer and its recurrence.
• Consume a healthy diet with an
emphasis on plant foods.
• Choose foods and beverages in
amounts that help achieve and maintain
a healthy weight.
• Limit consumption of processed meat
and red meat.
• Eat at least 2.5 cups of vegetables and
fruits each day.
• Choose whole grains instead of
• If you drink alcoholic beverages, limit
consumption---have no more than one
drink per day for women or two per day
Remember, what we eat can make a dif-
ference. You can start lowering your risk
of developing breast cancer at your very
Avril Harry RN, BSc Oncology Nursing,
Breast Care Nurse, Pink Hibiscus Breast
Health Specialists, 5 Adam Smith
Square, Woodbrook. (www.pinkhibis-
A healthy diet reduces breast cancer risk
A healthy diet and lifestyle are associated with
overall good health. There are now studies which
indicate that diet and lifestyle may play a role in
averting breast cancer and its recurrence.
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