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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
• From Page B4
At the time the mother of one
had two friends who were actively
involved in the business of devel-
oping natural handmade beauty
bars. She used a couple and was
extremely satisfied with the results.
"After using some of their prod-
ucts, my skin actually looked and
felt better, so being the curious
person that I am, I wanted to find
out more. So I continued talking
with them and began to do my
own research on how to make
handmade soap," Malwah-Aqui
She took a one-day training
course with a local chemist at the
Caribbean Industrial Research
Institute (Cariri) to educate herself
on the chemistry of soap making.
The rest she learned through con-
stant research on the internet,
books and by trial and error.
She laughs when she remembers
her very first bar---a soap made
from the lavender plant.
"I am no botanist, but I love
plants and my favourite is the
lavender plant, so of course I went
with lavender," she says through
The result was what made her
more curious and she began to
think about what else she could
use to make these soaps. The idea
of fruits and vegetables was born.
An economic investment
Not only are her soaps a hit
among her growing clientele, but
their demand for the products has
prompted her to develop new
shampoos, body washes and a
complete men s line, as well as a
mother and baby line to be coming
on stream soon.
But the best part her clients
enjoy, she says, is the affordability
of her products. "We will not kill
you with a high price. In most
instances when you hear the word
natural, you immediately think it
must be a pound and a crown, but
it is not. We want the use of
Rodco s products to be a lifestyle,
not a one-off buy."
Malwah-Aqui also now teaches
privately and at public organisa-
tions when requested. She brags
that some of her students follow
her footsteps and are opening their
own small businesses.
"That is such a joy to me.
Because I have always lived by a
personal credo where I believe
instead of waiting for someone to
hire you, why not hire yourself?
It just gives me great pleasure to
see them getting up and being cre-
ative and doing something they
love," said Malwah-Aqui.
Asked of her challenges as an
entrepreneur and how she over-
came them, she says quite simply:
"They were always there, but I do
not focus on the problem. I focus
on the solution and I never doubt
Malwah-Aqui is getting ready
for the annual Mango Festival on
July 5 at the National Agricultural
Marketing and Development Cor-
poration (Namdevco) compound
in Debe. The event is put on by
the Network of Rural Women Pro-
ducers. And she warns: it will be
all things mango. "We are talking
from food, to hair products, drinks
and all things mango."
The purpose of the event is to
showcase the variety of things that
can be done with local fruits and
One can patronise Malwah-
Aqui s products by visiting her
workshop at Raphael s Plaza in
Arouca, Bang Bang Home Store,
Tobago, Things Natural, Tobago,
The Shop at Normandie Hotel and
online at www.shellsun.com. Also
see her Facebook page/Rodco
Home Essentials, for more infor-
mation, or call 775-0365.
'Natural skin products not a pound and a crown'
Colleen Malway-Aqui, director of Rodco Home Essentials, a firm which produces
natural body products ranging from body butters, candles, oils and scrubs to
soaps and lip balms. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
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