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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
excavate plants. Unless you have your
plants in pots, you may have a prob-
lem. I cordoned off a portion of my
yard that the chickens can t access,
to have my garden, where I plant my
ochro and other things."
A ministry of health poultry expert
advised a minimum space of one and
a half to two square feet per bird,
with raised, airy cages, and a fenced
chicken run. He said chicks are usu-
ally fed fine-grained "starter" food
(20 per cent protein) up to their sixth
week; then from six to 20 weeks, they
eat "grower" food (18 per cent pro-
tein), until they start to lay. Laying
rations have 16 per cent protein and
"An adult bird will eat 1.4lb of feed
a day. Have food, and clean, fresh
drinking water, available all the time;
and you can add some poultry vita-
mins once a week to the drinking
water," he said.
Roger Roberts feeds his own hens
a mix of cracked corn, greens, and
kitchen scraps---including veggies,
potato peelings, leftover rice, and
chicken feed. Then his hens roam
the yard during the day to forage for
other green stuff and bugs.
Roberts well remembers the day
he got his first egg:
"I was lying in my bed and I heard
the chicken carrying on at a rate...
Chickens, especially new layers, tend
to announce their eggs. So I ran out-
side with the camera, and took a pic-
ture, and posted it online, saying:
Look, my rooster just laid an egg! ---
because it was Chips, whom I d orig-
inally thought was a male. And within
a week, the other one started laying
MORE ABOUT EGGS TOMORROW
From Page A30
Chicken, Chips and Cokes
just taking it easy.
PHOTO: ROGER ROBERTS
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