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Before a hurricane:
Know the location of the nearest emergency shelter in your area.
Trim the trees in your yard,so limbs won't fly around during a
If you have hurricane shutters, inspect them now and repair dam-
Know the location of the main electrical breaker and the gas and
water valves in your home.
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 exam-
ple: TV antenna, plants, garbage cans and yard furniture.
Check your insurance policy for coverage on wind and flood dam-
age, 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 conditions and the pos-
sibilities of severe weather.
Have your emergency numbers at hand and in a convenient loca-
Designate an interior room with no windows or external doors as
a "Safe Room."
Determine escape routes and places to meet if separated.
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 evacuate.
Take First Aid and CPR Classes. Your Red Cross can provide you
with the same.
When a hurricane approaches:
A hurricane watch is given when the hurricane is possible within
When a hurricane is 24 hours away, a hurricane warning is issued.
Hurricane landfall is imminent.
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 safe shelter.
During a hurricane:
Stay away from windows and stay inside if you are not told to
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 com-
pletely and the all clear has been given.
Are you ready for ahurricane?
Source: The T&T Red Cross Society
As we brace for the unpredictability of
the hurricane season, it is important
to be prepared. Here are some simple
steps to help protect your family from
a storm or hurricane.
T&T Red Cross Society
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Being high-class is not the same as
belonging to the class that is high.
If you belong to the latter, but aren t
a member of the former, you will be put
in jail once you or your windowsill are
caught with a spliff. If, however, you are
highfaluting, then the police won t even
charge you, unless the officer is stupid
or principled (which, in this place,
means the same thing).
Nonetheless, I think it highly unlikely
that ganja was found at the private resi-
dence of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
After all, doesn t the PM s security
consist of joint army-police patrols?
Moreover, Prime Minister Persad-
Bissessar doesn t sit on any Joint Select
Committees, which proves she isn t a
high-flyer like her sister Vidwatee.
As you may recall, that issue was
highlighted when it was revealed that
Kamla s sister was accompanying her on
international shopping trips as a person-
But the Ken Gordon Integrity Com-
mission board got a high-level legal
opinion that exonerated Ms Persad-
Bissessar although, when asked for rea-
sons, Gordon got on his high horse and
refused to release the legal opinion to
the hoi polloi who were paying for the
trips, the opinion, and Gordon s salary.
But this same Gordon saw nothing
wrong with offering a highball to the
Opposition Leader when Keith Rowley
visited his private residence for high-
level talks about high-explosive emails,
which turned out to be printouts, not
emails, albeit from a high-quality print-
er.You see, Kamla wasn t high-born
although she came from a high caste,
which is why Sugar Aloes sang "She s
royal" because he really meant she was
This may be the real reason why
Kamla and her cohorts have been so
high-handed in their handling of the $9
billion highway to Point Fortin which
has only reached to Debe, which seems
like highway robbery.
It is also why anyone who believes
that head of the Highway Reroute
Movement Wayne Kublalsingh is surviv-
ing on water and tulsi leaves must
either have a high fever or a low IQ.
All this is connected to high finance,
which is the kind of finance practised
by Larry Howai when as head of First
Citizens Bank he privately bought and
sold shares on the Stock Exchange,
never noticed Jack Warner s suspicious
transactions, and took a $10 million
high-five from the FCB board when he
left to become Finance Minister in the
country s highest forum.
From that high-powered post, Howai
was able to send a letter to House
Speaker Wade Mark, who from his high
chair blocked a motion of censure
against Howai by claiming he had gotten
this document from the High Court,
while not stopping the high-strung
Tobago East MP Vernella Alleyne-Toppin
when she started telling tall tales about
Dr Rowley s mother.
And after claiming that Rowley was a
child of rape and suggesting that he was
himself a rapist, Vernella claimed to be
taking the high road by raising the issue
of domestic violence. Unsurprisingly,
Leader of Government Business Roodal
Moonilal was high in praise of Vernella s
slander, but Moonilal is a high-func-
tioning functionary who just two weeks
ago didn t know anything about Jack
Warner funding his wife s higher educa-
tion but this week remembered that
Jack had stood security for the loan: so
we re back to high finance or, possibly,
These high-jinks have shocked and
appalled many citizens, although exactly
what they re appalled at depends on
which party they vote for.
But Trinidadians have always been
high-minded in this way.
That is why few or no local Catholics
left the Catholic Church when many
high priests were revealed to have sexu-
ally abused children for decades and had
their crimes covered up by the High
Yet the Vatican continues to promote
the sacredness of its high men as well
as the hymen.
And, while the church leaders ignored
these actual demons, they got very
hyped up about non-existent ones cre-
ated by a movie promotion.
This kind of high-altar thinking
explains why it is usually persons who
describe themselves as blessed and
highly favoured who continually oppose
gay rights and the decriminalisation of
weed, but who always want criminals to
be hanged high.
Not surprisingly, these religious
believers always claim to have the high
ground. Even highbrow Trinis who are
into high art have similar high-enema
beliefs, like socialism and feminism and
Because, even though they will never
admit it, the majority of Trinis like the
Kevin Baldeosingh in a professional
writer, author of three novels, and co-
author of a history textbook.
HIGH TALK, HIGH-JINKS
& THE HIGH LIFE
The recent incident of alleged prisoner brutal-
ity in one of the nation s prisons calls for
the urgent introduction of a CCTV system in
all of the prisons in both Trinidad and Tobago.
This will help detect, clarify and even prevent
such occurrences while bringing culpable per-
sons to justice by providing the necessary evi-
A CCTV system in prisons will help protect
both prisoner and officer from unfair blame
and correct any misreporting by either or both
If prison officers have nothing to hide they
should embrace this recommendation. It will
contribute to greater accountability and trans-
parency in their operations.
If prisoners also have nothing to fear it will
show that they are abiding by prison rules.
I hope no human rights guru would claim
that rights to privacy are being infringed here.
It is for the protection of all.
Just as there are CCTV systems in many
businesses and some police stations, why not
have it in prisons where there are always alle-
gations of prisoner brutality with many cases
being won in the courts and compensation
awarded at the expense of taxpayers.
But if the prison cannot get normal items like
adequate cells, dorms, beds, lights, eating uten-
sil, etc. right up till today, and there cannot be
cell phone jammers which for years there have
been calls for, I don t really expect this CCTV
system recommendation to be accepted and
Alongside the cameras themselves, there will
be the need for a monitoring room and appro-
priate personnel. This will call for the retraining
I think that prison officers should embrace
this idea as they often spend many hours in
those inhumane conditions as the inmates. I
am wondering how come the Prison Officers
Association hasn t made this plea for better
working conditions of their membership. It
should be much more than salary negotiations
With this technology, officers can use the
flexibility of cameras to assist them in their
jobs. They can then monitor the prisons and
intervene when necessary. And the prisoners
should feel more comfortable that any act of
brutality against them will be captured on tape.
It s a win-win situation for all.
CCTV system for prisons
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