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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
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Doubles up by $1
Two days after the country listened to
yet another deficit budget and woes paint-
ed of a gloomy economy, the price of dou-
bles has risen.
Two barras and channa, sold for $4, is
now $5. A tripple-three barras and channa
has also been increased by $1.
Doubles vendor for the past 35 years
Mahase Kanhai said he felt he had no choice
but to increase the price.
His business is on Broadway, Port-of-
Saying he increased the price one day
after Finance Minister Colm Imbert pre-
sented the 2015/2016 fiscal package in Par-
liament, Kanhai said he believed the increase
in super gas would eventually have an overall
trickle down effect on all goods and serv-
"It was $4 but we had no choice but to
increase the price. We added the cost of
everything and with the passing of the
budget... gas gone up so everything will
also go up soon," Kanhai added.
Despite the increase, the 48-year-old
man, who operates the business with his
son, Narendra, 26, said the influx of cus-
tomers had been steady.
"Customers are still coming. They are
not complaining because when it comes to
food it is the taste and quality that matter...
however you want to spend your money...
but the $4 was not cutting it anymore,"
Asked whether he believed the doubles
business was becoming more and more dif-
ficult to sustain Kanhai said it all had to do
with market prices, adding: "As the cost
goes up we will go up too. In business it
is about profit so I will adjust to suit."
He said other doubles vendors in Central
and along the East/West Corridor had also
increased their prices.
Shawn Sadd Nagim, who operates the
Nagim and Sons doubles on Chacon Street,
Port-of-Spain, said he too was expected to
increase his price but he would give his
customers ample warning.
He said: "We are monitoring our goods
prices according to what we have right now
so when we calculate it then it will be adjust-
ed to suit.
"However, this will not be in the near
future but it will be adjusted eventually.
"People will take advantage of the price
hike. The groceries would normally raise
their prices and according to what we get
we will have to pass it on to the consumer
but at least we would give them notice,
compared to other people."
Saying his price increase was expected
to take effect by the end of the year Sadd
Nagim added his new cost for a doubles
was expected to be between $4.50 and $5.
Asked whether he believed the decrease
in Value Added Tax (VAT) from 15 per cent
to 12.5 per cent would assist small businesses
Sadd Nagim said:
"The drop in VAT would balance off but
it is according to the supermarkets because
they would take advantage and give con-
sumers the same prices as before so we
would have no choice but to increase.
"Once the Supermarket Association can
clarify the prices we will work together with
them," Sadd Nagim, who has been selling
on the same spot for the past ten years said.
In 2008, the price of the popular stable
rose from $3 to $4.
Several Facebook users who
expressed their displeasure by the
doubles hike said the time was long
overdue to regularise businesses that do
not pay taxes.
"Make them have to register their
businesses to operate. Without the
necessary authorisation you cannot sell
nothing. Make them provide financial
records and set up business accounts,
then let them pay taxes on that," the
user said, adding that the hike was
"advantage" to poor people.
Another suggested that people buy
fruits instead which were far healthier
than street food.
A few others called on citizens to
boycott doubles, saying the purchasing
power ultimately lay with them.
"You have a choice do not buy it. These
people are haters I am sure he had those
ingredients before the Budget because
they buy in bulk. Tough luck... make your
sandwich from home," one person
Shawn Sadd Nagim,
right, operator of
the Nagim and Sons
stall, Chacon Street,
The Ministry of Works and Transport yes-
terday insisted that it was not responsible for
reimbursing members of the public who may
have been victims of a natural weather phe-
nomenon on Tuesday.
Acting director of the Highways Division, Min-
istry of Works and Transport, Colin Nakhid, said
while the ministry was responsible for the main-
tenance of trees along the nation s major roadways
the freak accident in which a woman was injured
after a tree fell on her car in Valsayn two days
ago was a force of nature.
Nakhid confirmed there were inspectors who
were mandated to inspect trees for rot and branch
overhang regularly but that in this instance the
tree, which landed on the hood of the car driven
by the 31-year-old Tacarigua woman, appeared
to be uprooted by the force of gusty winds.
Unable to say when last an inspection had been
done on the trees planted along the Churchill-
Roosevelt Highway, ministry officials admitted
they may have to "ramp" up those exercises in
light of the incident.
Meanwhile, the woman who was injured during
the incident, was said yesterday to be "in pain."
Although she didn t sustain any broken bones,
the woman was said to be having "flashbacks of
Concerned relatives urged the relevant author-
ities to undertake a comprehensive exercise to
inspect the trees along all of the nation s highways
to avoid a similar incident.
Claiming it may have occurred as a result of
negligence or complacency, the woman s family
"A person could have lost their life because of
the negligence of maintaining trees on the highway.
This wasn t even a situation where it was a full
scale storm... and then a massive tree falling and
almost killing our child.
"Something needs to be done in the future,
whether it is to trim them or prune them where
Revealing that their insurance company had
already indicated its unwillingness to reimburse
them, relatives said they were told Tuesday s
weather activity was not as a result of a natural
disaster and that it was simply "an aging tree"
that had fallen. However, that claim is belied by
the fact that there were more than 20 reports
from various regional corporations from Sangre
Grande to Diego Martin.
Officials of the Disaster Management Unit of
the Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation
(TPRC) said while they were responsible for trees
along minor roads, the Works Ministry was
responsible for the maintenance of the nation s
roads and the trees which lined all of the major
The responsibility for the maintenance fell to
the ministry s Highways Beautification Unit, they
added. The TPRC officer said they had recently
revised its policy to allow corporation officials to
assist private residents with cutting and trimming
trees within their property lines, which could
pose a threat to the motoring public.
Revealing that 14 trees were cut on Tuesday,
the officer said it had become necessary to render
assistance as they could not allow residents to
continue to preserve conditions which could prove
to be a danger to pedestrians and motorists.
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