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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
16 Fl. oz Pasteurised Soursop Drink $12.00
16 Fl. oz Pasteurised Milk
8 Fl. oz Pasteurised Peanut-Punch $6.00
16 Fl. oz Pasteurised Peanut-Punch $12.00
8 Fl. oz Pasteurised Orange Drink $2.50
16 Fl. oz Pasteurised Orange Drink $5.00
8 Fl. oz Pasteurised Pineapple Drink $2.50
16 Fl. oz Pasteurised Pineapple Drink $4.50
16 Fl. oz Pasteurised Mauby
T&T is among countries including
Japan, Antigua and Barbuda and Bar-
bados, donating US$100,000 each to
Dominica, as requested by that coun-
try, following the devastation left by
Tropical Storm Erika in late August.
The tropical storm, which hit
Dominica on August 27, took the lives
of at least 30 people and the country s
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit put
the infrastructure repair and recon-
struction bill at over $1.5 billion---nearly
half the country s Gross Domestic
Roads, bridges, homes and the coun-
try s airport was severely damaged by
the storm and raging flood waters.
Shortly after this country s general
election, newly-elected Prime Minister
Dr Keith Rowley announced that famed
cricketer and Sports Ambassador Brian
Lara would visit Dominica as a special
envoy to discuss the country s needs.
Lara is also expected to participate
in a charity cricket match in Barbados
this week, all proceeds from which will
go to Dominica.
In an interview yesterday, Office of
Disaster Preparedness and Management
CEO Dr Stephen Ramroop said T&T
had acceded to the requests made by
the Dominican Prime Minister.
On the country s government Web
site, the request was made for neigh-
bouring islands to contribute
US$100,000 cash for relief efforts.
The Web site also provides a list of
medical and other supplies needed.
"We sent the money subsequent to
Brian Lara s visit," Ramroop said.
"We also committed to the provision
of technical assistance, once a request
In the wake of the storm, T&T sent
a Coast Guard vessel with emergency
supplies and also assisted with four
helicopters to assist in search and rescue
He said citizens and groups such as
the Rotary Club also sent financial
assistance to Dominica, adding that
he was aware that local Rotary Clubs
sent about $60,000.
"Their need for cash was explicit
and so that was how we assisted,"
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley
is calling on citizens to join him in
a day of prayer and thanksgiving
tomorrow as the country celebrates
its 39th anniversary as a Republic.
The event takes place at the Grand
Stand, Queen s Park Savannah from
A release from the Office of the
Prime Minister on Tuesday said
many of the country s religious
leaders will participate in the
event, which will include entertain-
ment by the National Steel Sym-
phony Orchestra, the Lydians and
Citizens of all religious persuasions
are being encouraged to pray, indi-
vidually or collectively, for peace
and harmony in the nation, and for
guidance for the country s leaders
to govern for the benefit of all.
PM hosts Republic Day of prayer
Three drivers were fined a total of $23,000 and
disqualified from driving for several months by a
Sangre Grande magistrate yesterday.
Jerren Ramdass, 23, of Fishing Pond; Anthony Pierre,
49, of Paharry Village, Toco Main Road; and Darren
Lalla, 35, of Flemming Street, Biche, all appeared before
Magistrate Alexander Prince charged with driving
under the influence of alcohol.
On Monday, three other drivers were fined for the
same offence by Prince.
Ramdass, Pierre and Lalla all pleaded guilty.
Officers led by ag Sgt Hernandez, including ag Cpl
Hanooman, PCs Sankar Datoo, Meloney, Dwarika,
Jawahir, Nanan, and Dass and WPCs Mc Kenzie, Dan-
drade and Bhagaloo, were on an anti-crime exercise
when they stopped the vehicles driven by Ramdass,
Pierre and Lalla. The drivers were ordered out of their
vehicles and given a breathalyser test conducted by
PC Sankar and WPC Mc Kenzie.
Ramdass recorded a reading of 106 microgrammes,
Pierre recorded 80 microgrammes and Lalla, 62 micro-
grammes. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
The trio were arrested and taken to the Sangre
Grande Police Station where they were charged.
Ramdass and Pierre were fined $9,000 and $8,000
respectively, and disqualified from driving for four
months, in default of which they will serve four months.
Lalla was fined $6,000 and disqualified from driving
for three months, in default of which he will serve
On Monday, Avidish Maharaj, 26; Leslie Lynch, 60;
and Kashaka Neptune, 36, pleaded guilty and were
fined $5,000, $7,000 and $7,000 respectively.
Another driver, Darren Niram, 41, of Providence
Street, Sangre Grande, who refused to take a breathal-
yser test was charged with failing to supply a breath
sample. He was placed on $15,000 bail with surety
and ordered to return to court on October 12.
Six drivers fined for drunk driving
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