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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
Five-time Olympian and top T&T swimmer George
BovelI III has opted to take a two-week break from
competitive action as he looks ahead to the French
Open Swimming Championships in Vichy (July 4-
5) and the Pan American Games in Toronto, Cana-
da.An 2004 Olympic Games bronze medal winner in
the 200m individual medley, the 31-year-old Bovell
III made the decision after competing at the second-
leg of the Aspira Swimming Cup in Turin, Italy on
A five-time Pan American Games medal winner
(two gold, two silver, one bronze), Bovell was listed
to compete in the men s 50m freestyle skins event,
in which the losers are eliminated after each race ahead
of the head-to-head final.
Commenting on his Turin exploits which ended in
disappointing fashion, Bovell III, also a two-time World
Championship bronze medallist said, "They held the
start forever and my legs were cramping up so I stood
up. The guy next to me in lane eight also stood up,
but then they took their marks and went before I could
even get down and grip the block.
"It was the worst start and I was out of it from the
beginning, and I had to try and accelerate from zero,
however in the end both myself and the guy in lane
eight, were out of the race, " added the five-time indi-
vidual NCCA champion.
The T&T swimmer jokingly added, "So it seems
like I m getting the bad karma out of my system before
I head to the French Open Swimming Championships
and the Pan American Games in Canada."
Bovell was next expected to compete at the Trofeo
Rossini from today until Sunday and the Treviso Swim
Cup (June 26-27), however he said he will be taking
a much needed break along with his ADN Swim Project
The former Auburn University swimming ace, who
tallied the most All American Honours in the school s
history (25), said he opted not to attend as the other
members of his new Italian-based club, Russian duo
Yevgeny Lagunov and Oleg Tikhobaev, Belgium s Fran-
cois Heersbrandt, Kenya s David Dunford and Ukraine s
Andrei Govorov will not be attending.
He explained, "We have been rolling together as
one unit from ADN, but over the last couple of weeks
it has been so much and we want to race enough to
get better, and not get broken down before the World
Championship in Kazan in August.
He added, "The travel is hard as well and
I am still trying to catch myself after the
meet 52nd International Open Sette Colli
Swimming Championship in Rome, so over
the next couple of weeks we will just be
training, resting and then getting tapered for
the French Swimming Championship and
Pan American Games from July 14-18."
On Tuesday, the T&T swimmer was fourth
in the men s 50m freestyle skins event at the
Aspira Swimming Cup at the Milan Harbour
Club, Milan, Italy, on Tuesday.
Coming off a disappointing performance
at the 52nd International Open Sette Colli
Championship in Rome, Bovell III, who was
still being affected by the virus which ham-
pered his progress in Rome, clocked a slow
25.61 in the four-man semifinals behind
Japan s Shinri Shioura (23.83), Lagunov (24.35)
and Hungary s Krisztian Takacs (24.38).
When the eight-man first round swim-
off took place, Bovell was third best in 23.43
to trail Tikhobaev (23.37) and Shioura (23.39).
Takacs was fourth in 23.46 followed by
Lagunov (23.54), Italian duo Filippo Magnini
(23.77) and Lucio Spadaro (24.15), while Aus-
trian Gottfried Eisenberger was eighth in
24.26. The second round of eliminators saw
Bovell again ending in third spot but with
a slower time of 24.03 behind Shioura (23.62)
and Takacs (23.91).
Lagunov was fourth in 24.07 to claim the
other semifinal spot while Magnini (24.16)
and Tikhobaev (24.20) were eliminated after
ending fifth and sixth respectively.
Bovell takes a two-week break
...focuses on Pan American Games
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