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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
name s President Desi
Bouterse was be sworn in
for a second term yester-
day as the elected pres-
ident of this small South
Speaker of Parliament
Jennifer Simons will lead
his inauguration ceremo-
ny at the Anthony Nesty
Indoor Stadium (ANS).
Bouterse---who has ruled
Suriname on and off
since 1980---was elected
last month by lawmakers.
There was no opposition,
and he was re-elected by
His ruling National
Democratic Party (NDP)
only has a small majority
in the 51-seat National
Assembly. Bouterse the-
oretically needed a two-
thirds majority to win,
but opposition parties did
not present a candidate.
His vice president will
be Ashwin Adhin, 35.
In addition to some
Latin American leaders,
Teodoro Obiang of Equa-
torial Guinea, David
Granger of Guyana and
former president of
Ghana Jerry Rawlings,
were expected to attend.
With Suriname in the
grips of recession,
Bouterse set up a Finan-
cial Economic Platform
two weeks ago, with rep-
resentatives of labour
unions, political parties,
The task force recom-
mended raising taxes,
increasing fees on utilities
and cutting back on gov-
ernment spending such
as closing embassies in
some foreign countries.
agreed last week to be
questioned by Dutch sci-
entist and columnist Dew
Baboeram on killings
Bouterse s military regime
in the 1980s.
Baboeram is the broth-
er of a Surinamese lawyer
John Baboeram, who was
tortured and gunned
down during the Decem-
ber 8, 1982 killings led by
A two-time coup
leader and former inter-
national fugitive, Bouterse
has long loomed large
over Suriname, whether
in his military fatigues
and sunglasses or his
sharp presidential suits.
He seized power in
1980 as a 34-year-old
sergeant major. His
regime put down two
rounded up and executed
15 opponents in 1982, an
event known as the
He stepped down in
1987 under international
pressure, but returned to
power in 1990 in a sec-
ond, bloodless coup. He
left power a year later.
In 2010, Bouterse s
election as president pro-
tected him from an Inter-
pol arrest warrant issued
after a Dutch court sen-
tenced him to 11 years in
prison for cocaine traf-
And in 2012, a contro-
versial amnesty law
granted him immunity
from prosecution over
the "December killings."
name, the smallest coun-
try in South America, has
a population of about half
a million people with
roots in Asia, Africa,
Europe and the Ameri-
cas. It was colonised by
the British and Dutch and
from the Netherlands in
Suriname's Bouterse set for second elected term
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