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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
WASHINGTON---Colombian Alberto Moreno has
been re-elected to another term as president of
the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
Eight Caribbean Community (Caricom) coun-
tries---Barbados, Bahamas, Belize, Guyana, Haiti,
Jamaica, Suriname and T&T---are members of the
Moreno begins his new term at the institution
on October 1. The IDB was founded in 1959 and
is regarded as one of the leading sources of long-
term financing for economic, social and institutional
development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The board of governors, which re-elected Moreno,
comprises finance ministers, central bank presidents
and other high-ranking officials from its 48 member
Moreno is the fourth president in the IDB s his-
tory. He was preceded by Felipe Herrera of Chile
(1960--1971), Antonio Ortiz Mena of Mexico (1971--
1988), and Enrique V Iglesias of Uruguay (1988--
The IDB said that Moreno s first two terms at
the IDB were characterised by reforms to speed up
its operations, boost its efficiency and better evaluate
its development impact.
"Under his leadership, the IDB launched several
initiatives in areas such as climate change, renewable
energy, citizen security and access to digital tech-
nologies. He also built numerous strategic part-
nerships with public and private allies."
In a speech to the governors, Moreno thanked
them for their vote of confidence and said his new
term will follow three main lines of action: defending
social and environmental sustainability, promoting
open knowledge as a lever for innovation and deep-
ening the IDB s activities with the private sector.
"The decision to consolidate the IDB Group s
work [with the private sector] in the Inter-American
Investment Corporation was the result of a process
of more than 15 years, which has opened a phase
full of opportunities," Moreno said.
"Having an adequately capitalised specialised
agency will be a key tool for regional progress. We
have to be more effective and, at the same time,
create an institutional culture that will stand out
for being agile, flexible, selective and strategic in
its undertakings," he added. CMC
Alberto Moreno, new president of the Inter-American
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