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Better be ready
Are you ready for aflood?
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
Floods are the leading cause of
disaster-related death in the
Caribbean, but since most can be
forecast, you should have time to
prepare. Your Red Cross urges you
to get ready. There are simple
steps you can take to help protect
your family from a flood.
Know your area's flood risk. If
unsure, call your Red Cross or
Emergency Management Agency.
If you are in a risk area, investigate
the feasibility of flood insurance.
Know the location of the main elec-
trical breaker and the gas and water
valves in your home and ensure you
have a clear path to easily access
them so that you can shut them off
When a Flood
Warning is issued:
Monitor the radio for weather
updates and evacuate immediately if
you are told to do so.
Move your furniture and valuables to
higher floors of your home or place
them high if possible.
Bring in all loose items from outside,
like garbage cans and yard furniture
for safe keeping.
Turn off the main electrical switch
and other utilities.
Place important documents and
valuables in plastic and store them
in a safe place.
Flood water dangers:
Do not walk through flowing water.
Just six inches of moving water can
knock you off your feet.
Never attempt to cross a swollen
stream, river or gully by foot or
vehicle. The force of these water-
ways can have deadly consequences.
If your vehicle stalls in rising water,
abandon it immediately and climb to
higher ground. A mere two feet of
water can float a large vehicle, even
After a flood:
Clean and dry everything water-
soaked. Flood waters can pick up
sewerage and chemicals from roads,
farms and factories. Spoiled food
and flooded medicines are health
hazards. When in doubt, throw them
Check appliances and motors for
damage and do not use them until
they have been cleaned and dried.
Watch out for wild animals. Snakes
and centipedes that have been
flooded out of their homes may seek
shelter in yours. Use a pole or a
stick to poke and turn items over
and scare them away.
If your home was seriously affected
by the floods and you suspect your
electrical wiring may have been
damaged, have it checked by a quali-
fied person before turning on the
main electrical switch.
Punch holes in all containers left
outside to prevent water from set-
tling and these from becoming
breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Purify water before using. Use chlo-
rine bleach or water purifying
tablets. Boil tap water for ten min-
T&T Red Cross Society
LONDON---Royal officials yes-
terday urged media organisations
not to publish unauthorised
images of Prince George and
Princess Charlotte, arguing that
paparazzi are using increasingly
dangerous tactics to get the valu-
Kensington Palace, the official
home of Prince William and his
wife Kate, published a letter sent
to media standards organisations,
detailing recent incursions on the
family s privacy. It said photogra-
phers have hidden in car trunks,
obscured themselves in sand
dunes, monitored the movement
of Prince George and his nanny
around London parks and used
other children to draw Prince
George into view on playgrounds.
The palace says the increasing
incursions present a risk "in a
heightened security environment,"
and that a line has been crossed.
"The worry is that it will not
always be possible to quickly dis-
tinguish between someone taking
photos and someone intending to
do more immediate harm," the
London police followed up with
a statement several hours later,
warning that photographers are
potentially at risk of "armed inter-
vention" when officers perceive a
risk to the person being safeguard-
ed, the public or themselves.
The royal couple have gone to
great lengths to protect the privacy
of their children, releasing only a
handful of images of the children
on special occasions. That policy,
however, raises the value of
paparazzi images, giving greater
incentive to observe and photo-
graph Prince George in particular,
who is the primary target at the
The palace said that while it
would take legal steps, it under-
scored that people who read the
publications that use such photos
are unaware of how they are
obtained. It said it wanted to
encourage debate on child protec-
tion issues. (AP)
paparazzi warned of
Britain's Prince William, Kate the Duchess of Cambridge, their son Prince George
walk with their daughter Princess Charlotte in a pram, July 5, during an official
media event as they arrive for Charlotte's Christening at St Mary Magdalene
Church in Sandringham, England. AP PHOTO
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