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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
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar spent Friday night
tearing into the People s National
Movement s (PNM) manifesto,
describing it as a fantasy novel.
Speaking at a People s Part-
nership meeting at the Southern
Academy for the Performing Arts
(Sapa), San Fernando, she com-
pared the PNM s latest manifestos
to others dating back to 1961.
She said many of their plans
featured now were also proposed
in the past.
These included rural develop-
ment, increasing the pipe-borne
water supply, the construction of
hospitals in Point Fortin and
Arima, and highways to Point
Fortin and Mayaro.
She said even as PNM leader
Dr Keith Rowley criticised the
Government s laptop programme
for Form One students, he was
now seeking to introduce a broad-
band Internet programme for the
use of those laptops.
However, she said, he was too
late as she and Minister of Science
and Technology Dr Rupert Grif-
fith would launch that pro-
gramme on Tuesday.
She said it would be a PP Gov-
ernment which would expand the
laptop programme and she prom-
ised laptops for first-year uni-
Persad-Bissessar also said
should the People s Partnership
be elected to office for a second
term, electronic tablets would be
phased into the programme for
Form One students.
"Dr Keith Rowley launched
something that he is trying to
pass off as a manifesto.
"This document is something
that reads like a utopian novel,
telling a story about a PNM that
no one knows. He tells of a his-
tory of the PNM that no one
recognises. The only thing that
resembles reality is what people
have already come to believe: That
the PNM will say anything, promise
everything, and try every trick to get
"Staying true to their word has
never been their concern, it has always
been about making promises they have
no intention of keeping. If ever there
was an outstanding mis-leader who
epitomises conmanship, outright
deception and an unbridled and savage
hunger for power, it is Keith Rowley,"
Hundreds of yellow T-shirts filled
Sapa s car park as the PP introduced
its candidates who will be representing
the various constituencies in south
However, supporters branding the
Congress of the People s white were
far and few, while there weren t any
visible supporters of the National Joint
Among the speakers was Pointe-
a-Pierre candidate David Lee, who
was one of the few to speak of a plan
for their constituency.
Lee, the outgoing chairman of the
Metal Industries Company, said he
wanted to develop the Flower Pot
Beach Facility at Pointe-a-Pierre to
attract domestic tourism.
He also proposed to have a ship
repair and fabrication facility con-
structed and to upgrade the Claxton
Bay Fishing depot and all recreation
grounds in the constituency.
San Fernando West candidate Razi-
ah Ahmed said she was planning to
bring overall improvement to her con-
PNM manifesto 'a fantasy'---PM Kamla
UNC supporters dress in yellow wigs at the People's Partnership election
rally held at the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts, on Friday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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