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Contact the Red Cross: Headquarters - 627-8215/8128, Northern branch - 627-8214, Southern branch - 652-2024, Tobago branch - 639-2781
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
Richard Bradford is in love with The
Sands, a new investment property de-
velopment on the south coast of the
sun-kissed island of Barbados. Part
owner of the property and a Trinbagon-
ian himself, Bradford has grasped the
opportunity in part, to help preserve an
element of Trinidad and Tobago's her-
itage of travel to Barbados, and, particu-
larly, Trini vacations at the Sandy Beach
Hotel, the beloved predecessor of The
The refurbishment of Sands 87-apart-
ment, 4-star condominium hotel will be
completed at a cost of approximately US
15 million dollars, and development plans
for the property are already underway by
one of the leading hotel contractors, and
the doors will reopen in Jan 2016
"The Sands will be a unique resort in the
context of accommodation options in Bar-
bados, as it will be one of the only apart-
ment hotel concepts on the island," said
Bradford. "It will feature a modern, con-
temporary resort complete with all the
amenities and luxuries one would expect
of a 4-star property with panoramic of
views of the sea and sand."
This 4-star family resort is a perfect
leisure investment with the option of
them enjoying flexible personal usage,
plus excellent income returns from the
Bradford indicated that The Sands will
be a mid-to-high yielding investment with
very little risk involved. He also highlighted
that the investment tag beginning at
$220,000 is highly competitive in the Bar-
bados beachfront real estate market,
where prices usually start at well in ex-
cess of US$500,000.
"The Sands is being developed as a va-
cationer's dream stay", said Bradford. "It is
located on arguably, one of the very best
beaches on Barbados' south coast which
is naturally protected by a pristine pro-
tected reef. "
Management of the property will be in
the hands with the island's highly re-
garded Mango Bay Group, who will mar-
ket, manage and operate the Hotel on
behalf of investors. Mango Bay, headed by
Peter Odel, who is a former head of the
Barbados and Caribbean tourism Associa-
tions has already secured contract with
leading Caribbean Tour Operators, which
will assure high occupancy and ultimately
good investor returns.
Indications for return on investment
(ROI) in accommodation property in the
Caribbean are heralded as positive.
According to The World Travel &
Tourism Council (WTTC), regional
tourism's contribution to Gross Domestic
Product (GDP) in 2013 was 49 billion US
dollars a total 14.0 percent of the terri-
tory's GDP for that year. The current fore-
cast for the region's tourism growth as
stated by the Council is "a rise by 3.4% pa
to USD71.5bn (14.5% of GDP) in 2024".
In the past year alone, occupancy rates
in the region solidified the WTTC's predic-
tion, and this is a good indicator for solid
investment in the accommodation sector.
Recent market research on Caribbean oc-
cupancy in 2014, conducted by the Survey
Technology & Research Centre (STR), re-
vealed that in the past year alone,
Caribbean hotels enjoyed year-over-year
increases in occupancy rates. The STR re-
search revealed that figures for 2014
showed hotel occupancy in the Caribbean
increase by 1.5 percent to 68 percent and
an average daily rate (ADR) increase of
6.4 percent translating to $194.66. Results
also highlighted a rise in revenue per avail-
able room (Rev PAR) to eight percent
with a dollar value of $132.28. "All indica-
tors are showing strong growth," said
Stephen Hennis, director of STR Research.
"Many Trinidadians, including myself
and my family, have very fond memories
of the Sandy Beach Hotel. It is my honour
to offer them an investment opportunity
with positive growth and attractive re-
turns, plus a space where they can recre-
ate or create memories in a familiar and
favourite location," said Bradford.
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