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Better be ready
Are you ready for ahurricane?
HURRICANE SAFETY TIPS
Source: The T&T Red Cross Society
Before a hurricane:
The hurricane season lasts from June through
November, with August and September being
the peak months.
Know the location of the nearest emergency
shelter in your area.
Trim the trees in your yard, especially those
near your home, so limbs won't fly around
during a storm.
If you have hurricane shutters, inspect them
now and repair damaged ones. Know how to
install them, and if you will be boarding up
your windows, have the wood and tools ready.
Know the location of the main electrical
breaker and the gas and water valves in your
home. Have a clear path to easily access them
to shut them off when a hurricane approach-
Make a list of the items in and around your
yard to bring in or tie down when a tropical
storm or hurricane approaches. For example:
TV antenna, plants, garbage cans and yard fur-
Check your insurance policy for coverage on
wind and flood damage, especially if you''re in
a low-lying area.
Keep a portable radio, flashlight (both with
extra batteries), emergency supplies, first aid
kit, canned food and bottled water on hand
throughout the hurricane season.
Keep yourself updated as to the weather con-
ditions and the possibilities of severe weather.
Have your emergency numbers at hand and in
a convenient location.
Designate an interior room with no windows
or external doors as a "Safe Room." Work
with your local professionals in the design of
Discuss the types of potential hazards with
your family and know your community's and
Determine escape routes and places to meet if
Have an out-of-the-area-friend as a family
contact so all have a single point of contact
and someone knows where you are.
Make a plan for your pets if you need to evac-
Take First Aid and CPR classes. Your Red Cross
can help you.
Stay away from windows and stay inside if you
are not told to evacuate.
Beware that the centre of a hurricane, or the
eye, can be very calm and deceptive. When
the eye passes, the storm is not over. Stay
inside because the fury of the winds will
return, this time from the opposite direction.
Remain in your safe location until the storm
has passed completely and the all clear has
During a hurricane:
A HURRICANE WATCH is given when the hurri-
cane is possible within 36 hours.
When a hurricane watch is issued, you should
monitor news reports closely for more infor-
Continue your preparation activities and be
prepared to evacuate immediately when
instructed to do so.
When a hurricane is 24 hours away, a HURRI-
CANE WARNING is issued. Hurricane landfall is
When a hurricane warning is issued, you
should board up your windows and doors,
bring in loose items from outside, shut off
electrical, gas and water hook-ups and seek
Contact the Red Cross: Headquarters - 627-8215/8128, Northern branch - 627-8214, Southern branch - 652-2024, Tobago branch - 639-2781
As we brace for the unpredictability
of the hurricane season, it is impor-
tant to be prepared. Here are some
simple steps to help protect your
family from a storm or hurricane.
T&T Red Cross Society
Dick Van Patten, the genial, round-
faced comic actor who appeared on
Broadway as a child, starred on TV
in its infancy and then, in middle age,
found lasting fame as the patriarch
on TV s Eight is Enough, has died.
Van Patten died yesterday in Santa
Monica, California, of complications
from diabetes, according to his publicist,
Daniel Bernstein. He was 86.
Born in New York, the veteran enter-
tainer began his career as a model and
child actor, making his Broadway debut
in 1935 at the age of seven, billed as
Dickie Van Patten. He would go on to
appear in 27 other Broadway plays,
including the comedy classic Mister
In 1949, he began a seven-year run
on one of TV s earliest series, Mama,
playing one of the sons of a Norwe-
gian-American family in early 1900s
Van Patten s greatest TV success was
as Tom Bradford, a widower and father
of eight who met and married Abby,
played by Betty Buckley, with whom
he set up a loving if chaotic household.
The ABC comedy-drama aired from
His many TV appearances also
included Sanford and Son, The Streets
of San Francisco, Adam-12, Happy
Days, The Love Boat, Touched By An
Angel, Arrested Development and, most
recently, Hot in Cleveland.
Film projects included Spaceballs,
High Anxiety, the original Freaky Friday,
The Santa Trap and Soylent Green.
An animal enthusiast, Van Patten
co-founded Dick Van Patten s Natural
Balance Pet Foods in 1989 as well as
founding National Guide Dog Month
which began in 2008 to raise awareness
and money for non-profit guide dog
schools in the United States.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years,
Patricia Van Patten (a former June Tay-
lor Dancer), and his three actor sons
--- Nels, Jimmy and Vincent. (AP)
Dick Van Patten, the
genial comic actor
best known as the
patriarch of TV's
Eight is Enough.
Eight is Enough star
Van Patten dies at 86
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