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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
The T&T Powerboat Associa-
tion has come under criticism
from Sheriff Lobo driver Justin
Lennard for what he felt were
poor safety measures in place
during the Carib Great Race on
Lennard, who was involved in
the rescue of Andrew Savary and
Dale Mayers after their boat Rugrat
sank, said he was disappointed
with the late response by patrol
"Safety and patrol for the Great
Race was terrible," he said.
"We are risking our lives to take
part in this race and we are assured
safety is provided, but from what
I experienced, it s clearly not pro-
vided for everybody."
According to Lennard, Savary
and Mayers had been stranded for
about 45 minutes after their boat
sank and would have been in seri-
ous trouble had he not spotted
"The organisers need to provide
more air support. The helicopter
with the medics stays in the front
but the boats behind them don t
get as much attention."
Lennard himself had suffered a
jolted spine during the race and
following the rescue, he, Savary
and Mayers were dropped off at a
beach in Paria, where they waited
an hour and 45 minutes for a patrol
boat to pick them up. The patrol
boat, which Lennard said had no
medics or stretcher, then carried
him to Grand Rivere, where there
was no medical treatment available
either. From there it was decided
he would be taken to Tobago for
treatment at Scarborough Hospital.
"From my point of view, they
showed no concern to greet me
with medical aid. Everybody par-
tied and had a good time," he said.
The doctors in Scarborough sug-
gested he get an MRI scan, which
he will be getting this week.
Lennard, 28, has since spoken
to the Association s vice-president
Garth Marshall, who requested
that he submit a written report.
Speaking to the Guardian
recently, Marshall said he was still
awaiting the report and could not
make a statement until he had
Poor safety at Great Race
says Sheriff Lobo Driver
Rugrat...sank during Saturday's Carib Great Race.
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