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Better be ready
Are you ready for a
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
Natural disasters can strike anytime, anywhere.
There are simple steps you can take to help
protect your family from a natural disaster.
Call your Emergency Management Office and the
Red Cross for further details.
Find out which disasters could occur in your area
and how to prepare.
Ask how you would be warned of an emergency.
Learn your communities' evacuation routes.
Ask where your nearest emergency shelters are
Ask about any special assistance for the elderly or
Ask about the plans in place at work, schools or
day care centres as well.
Create an Emergency Plan:
Meet with household members. Discuss with chil-
dren the dangers of fire, severe weather, earth-
quakes and other emergencies.
Discuss how to respond to each disaster that
Draw a floor plan of your home. Mark two escape
routes from each room. Practise an emergency
evacuation drill at least two times a year.
Learn how to turn off your water, gas and electric-
ity at the main switches.
Discuss what to do about power outages and per-
Post emergency numbers near telephones:
ODPM (Trinidad) - 640-1285/8905/8653/
800-ODPM website: odpm.gov.tt
ODPM (Tobago) - 660-7489/7686
Police - 999
Fire Services - 990
Coast Guard - 634-4440/4532/4554
Defence Force - 634-4532
Ambulance Service (EHS) - 624-4343
EMA - 628-8042
T&TEC - 625-1296/1774
TSTT - 6611
National Gas - 800-4427
Nearest health facility
Teach children how and when to call 999, Police and
Fire Services and how to make long distance calls.
Instruct household members to turn to the radio
for emergency information.
Pick one out-of-the-area-relative and one local
friend or relative for family members to call or
meet at if separated by a disaster.
Take a basic First Aid course and CPR class.
Make a list of valuables. Keep family records in a
waterproof and fireproof container.
Prepare a disaster supply list:
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape
- Canned goods, non-perishable foods and a
non-electric can opener
- Drinking water
- Any special dietary food if required
- Identification, cash, valuable papers,
insurance policies and photos
- Battery-operated radio with extra batteries
- Personal hygiene items
- Disposable utensils
- Infant-care items
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Easy carrying container (bag) for all items.
Prepare a First Aid Kit:
- Prescription medications, betadine solu-
tion, gauze bandages, adhesive tape, sterile
pads, band aids, triangular bandages, safety
scissors, non-prescription medication, sun
screen, insect repellent, non-latex gloves,
absorbent compress 5x9 dressing, adhesive
bandages (assorted sizes), antiseptic wipes,
antibiotic ointment packets, etc.
Prepare an Emergency Car Kit:
Battery powered radio (with extra batteries),
flashlight (with extra batteries), sleeping
bags or blankets, first-aid kit and manual,
bottled water, non-perishable high energy
foods such as granola bars, raisins and
peanut butter, booster cables, a fire extin-
guisher, maps, shovel, tyre repair kit and
pump and flares.
T&T Red Cross Society
Southern Division police are
investigating the death of epilep-
tic patient Vedha Baksh, who was
found lying dead close to her
home early yesterday.
Investigators said Baksh, 57, of
Sunset Drive, Lachoos Road, Penal,
was last seen alive around 4 pm
on Friday by relatives. Around 7.40
am, while walking along Lachoos
Road, Baksh s relative Racquel Lane
stumbled upon her corpse.
She was barefoot and wearing
a blue-and-white striped top and
a blue capri pants. There were no
visible marks of violence. District
Medical Officer Dr Arthur viewed
the body and ordered it removed
to the San Fernando Mortuary. An
autopsy will be done today.
Relatives said Baksh suffered
from epilepsy and would often
collapse with seizures.
Penal police are continuing
RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
Former government minister Win-
ston "Gypsy" Peters yesterday urged
supporters of the Independent Liberal
Party (ILP) to vote out Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her cabal
tomorrow when they cast their votes.
Peters brought the curtain down with
his rendition of Kamla at the ILP s
Grand Election Rally at
Chrissie Terrace Recre-
ation Ground, Enter-
He walked hand-in-
hand on stage with ILP
political leader Jack
Warner and made a ten-minute appear-
Before his performance, Peters told
the small group of party supporters,
"Fate has a way of doing things that
human beings can hardly ever imagine.
"Nobody could have told me in 2007,
when Jack Warner and I walked the
length and breadth of Trinidad and
Tobago with Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj
to put Kamla in power, and that it
would take Jack Warner and I to go
through the length and breadth of T&T
to take Kamla Persad out of power."
He asked for God s forgiveness for
foisting Persad-Bissessar on the people
of the country but said tomorrow "we
must go to the polls and ensure that
we vote Kamla Persad-Bissessar and
her cabal out."
In his feature address, 74-year-old
Warner said it was a long, grilling cam-
paign for the ILP. He claimed Persad-
Bissessar exacted as much as she could
from the treasury and
because she stayed three
He said: "Her real
name in school was
Pushwattie but she did-
n t like that name so she asked them
to call her Kamla, and that s why she
is Kamla today but whatever her name
is, on Monday, she will be history."
He said Chaguanas East needed rep-
resentation and promised to elevate the
image of Enterprise with a swimming
pool, library and proper health centre.
He also promised three scholarships
for five years to be paid from his salary
"which I will not take for five years."
He said, "The time for change is now
and if you miss the boat now, your
children will pay a dear price."
Vote out Kamla
This young ILP supporter dances with a flag at the rally at Chrissie
Terrace, Enterprise, Chaguanas, yesterday. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
Gypsy at ILP rally:
Housing Minister Dr
Roodal Moonilal yester-
day urged supporters to
stand up and defend
T&T tomorrow when
Moonilal claimed Peo-
ple s National Movement
(PNM) leader Dr Keith
Rowley planned to stop
the construction of the
Arima and Point Fortin
hospitals if he won.
party faithful at the
Aranguez Savannah yes-
terday afternoon, warned
supporters to be wary of
"I warn you not to be
young because they will
stop the laptops for
school, I warn you not to
be old because they will
never increase old age
pension, I warn you not
to be sick because they
will stop the construction
of the Arima and Point
Fortin hospitals. I warn
you not to be low wage
workers, they will not
raise the minimum wage.
Now is not the time to
change leaders, now is
not the time to change
declared to the cheering
Moonilal, who is seek-
ing re-election for the
Oropouche East con-
stituency, said Rowley
was "unsuitable" for
office as he called on the
audience to reject the
'Be wary of PNM'
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