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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
"Crime in Parliament, crime out of Parliament,
crime in the street, crime in your home."
THE GREAT DEBATE
Five years later, after having
fought the 2010 general election
on crime and corruption, these
two issues remain troubling top-
ics for citizens.
Added to this is a high level of
dissatisfaction with T&T s current
leaders on both sides of the polit-
ical divide. Issues of poor gover-
nance and politicians behaviour
inside and outside of the Parlia-
ment have left much to be desired
for citizens interviewed in this
week s vox pop.
People in Diego Martin Central
and in east Trinidad, like most
other parts of the country, are
eagerly awaiting T&T s first lead-
ership debate between Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and
Peoples National Movement
Leader Dr Keith Rowley.
This week, the Sunday Guardian
visited the PNM-controlled con-
stituency to find out what issues
they believe should be debated by
the leaders, as well as what they
think are the most critical issues
facing T&T today.
Crime, corruption and poor
healthcare topped the list of impor-
tant issues facing the country and
they are eager to hear what the
leaders plan to do to address these
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The two most
critical issues facing
this country are
crime and corruption.
corrupt--- the PNM,
the UNC, everybody.
But at least when you pass through
some parties you could still see them
doing something, you see the Napa
buildings, you could see the Hyatt, you
could see certain things, but with this
government you not seeing nothing
and they stealing more. They should
debate getting rid of government
people that stealing. As they catch you
stealing, your hand in the kitty, like this
$60 million that disappear...
Vincent Garcia, Blue
Basin Road, Diego
Really and truly, I
do not see any
problem facing T&T. I
feel this Government
that we have right
now, they working
and they help a lot of
people, and they doing their best.
People will still criticise and say what
they want because it is politics,
because it have two sides, it have
PNM side and UNC side. But I do like
this Government for a while, they
there and I appreciate them for the
while they are there. This Government
trying their best with crime and the
other one, which is Rowley and them,
they does turn down certain things to
the country benefit and that is how I
put it. Rowley have no plan, so I don't
want to hear no debate, that's all.
QUESTION: What do you think is the most critical
issue facing T&T today? What issue would you like
your leaders to address in the leadership debate?
LOCATION: Diego Martin Central. PHOTOS: JEFF MAYERS
Gary De Freitas,
Crime in all its
everything. Crime in
out of Parliament,
crime in the street,
crime in your home.
No one is safe. Look at the person who
was just murdered in his home. I do
not know what is happening to this
country. I have no idea. This is what
they should debate.
I think crime is
the most critical
issue today. It is a
very critical issue
as well as
corruption, that is
too. Things are not right in the country.
Too much bacchanal in the
Parliament. I want to hear how they
going to deal with crime and
corruption. I would like to see what
they doing to help the poor people.
People in this country really catching
The health system
is the most critical
issue that needs
We have problems
with water as well. I want to hear their
plans to address these issues. If you go
down to the hospital you will see the
number of people waiting, there are no
beds and all these things. It is terrible
and food prices is very high, it is
terrible. These are the important
issues they need to debate. Water,
shelter, clothing and food, these are
the issues that they need to address.
They need to deal
with the crime that is
going on in the
country. Everybody is
just saying and they
not doing nothing. I
am not sure what I want them to
The most critical
issue facing the
country is the heads
of the government.
governance in the
will be haywire. Honestly, I do not
believe they of themselves can solve
that because the Government of
themselves cannot solve it. It is an
internal thing. I do not think a
leadership debate makes sense, they
will be mixing up the issues over and
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