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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
Whether the People s
(PNM) or the People s
Partnership is voted into
government on Monday,
Public Service Associa-
tion president Watson
Duke said millions of
dollars in retroactive pay-
ments must be made to
health workers of the
South West Regional
Although the final cost
of the backpay for doctors
and nurses is still being
calculated, Duke expects
it to be paid by month-
Responding to state-
ments by SWRHA chief
executive officer Anil
Gosine that backpay
would be distributed
within the next two
months, Duke said, "They
gave us a commitment
that it would be paid in
October but we rejected
that; therefore they moved
forward and paid the new
salaries at August month-
end. I think if that is being
done, I expect the rest to
be paid by September
month-end, however the
He added, "It is all
about patience and we will
see how it goes. We don t
want to jump it too soon
so we will take our time
and allow it to happen,
then make a decision if
there is a case. Based on
the normal order of things
elsewhere and historically,
it should be a month after
the increase is paid," Duke
Speaking at the opening
of the $10 million Palo
Seco Health Centre yes-
terday, Gosine said when
the final cost had been
determined, the Ministry
of Health would approach
the Finance Ministry for
funds. He said the
SWRHA had always been
in the habit of paying their
workers and doctors.
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Health workers seek settlement
Backpay blues for new Govt
Nurses had already begun
getting their salaries with
a 14 per cent increase, he
"We are working on the
backpay now. As you
would know South West
is the largest RHA. Other
RHAs are also working on
their backpay. We have to
do our auditing because
we would not like to give
backpay without doing a
proper audit and that is a
major process, and that
started in August. It
should be completed in
the next month or two,
but we will put extra
resources on it to get that
going," Gosine said.
"You have to remember
it is not only the nurses,
it is also backpay for
MPATT members which
are the doctors. All the
other staff will be getting
their backpay. I can t give
you the final figure at this
point in time as it is still
being computed. I m hop-
ing they get it before
Christmas," Gosine added.
The Palo Seco Health Centre, which was formally
opened yesterday. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
The new Palo Seco Health Centre
replaced the old outreach centre
along the SS Erin Road. The building,
Gosine said, was constructed by
Pioneer Construction at a cost of
$9.5 million and was outfitted with
$.5 million worth of equipment.
Work began in July 2014 and
finished in August. He said the fully
air-conditioned facility will receive its
first batch of patients on Monday.
Staff from the old building, who
were temporarily transferred to the
Erin Health Centre, will return. The
new facility will also be open five
days a week.
SWRHA deputy chairman Urich
Birbal added that the health centre
had a Point of Care Testing system
which facilitated the speedy
processing of laboratory tests. This
allows the attending doctor to make
a diagnosis within half an hour of
the patient undergoing tests.
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A 31-year-old Debe man remains warded at the
San Fernando General Hospital after being shot
during an argument yesterday morning.
Police said that around 3 am, Shiva Sharma, of
SS Erin Road, was at Club Jamaica, Duncan Village,
when he had an argument with another man.
While the men were quarrelling, a third man
approached, pulled out a gun and shot Sharma in
the back. Both suspects ran out of the club and
Sharma was taken to hospital where he underwent
surgery and is said to be in stable condition. Up to
late yesterday no one was arrested. PC Harripersad
is investigating.---Kevon Felmine
Debe man shot
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