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Before a hurricane:
Know the location of the nearest emergency shelter in your area.
Trim the trees in your yard,so limbs won't fly around during a
If you have hurricane shutters, inspect them now and repair dam-
Know the location of the main electrical breaker and the gas and
water valves in your home.
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 exam-
ple: TV antenna, plants, garbage cans and yard furniture.
Check your insurance policy for coverage on wind and flood dam-
age, 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 conditions and the pos-
sibilities of severe weather.
Have your emergency numbers at hand and in a convenient loca-
Designate an interior room with no windows or external doors as
a "Safe Room."
Determine escape routes and places to meet if separated.
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 evacuate.
Take First Aid and CPR Classes. Your Red Cross can provide you
with the same.
When a hurricane approaches:
A hurricane watch is given when the hurricane is possible within
When a hurricane is 24 hours away, a hurricane warning is issued.
Hurricane landfall is imminent.
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 safe shelter.
During a hurricane:
Stay away from windows and stay inside if you are not told to
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 com-
pletely and the all clear has been given.
Are you ready for ahurricane?
Source: The T&T Red Cross Society
As we brace for the unpredictability of
the hurricane season, it is important
to be prepared. Here are some simple
steps to help protect your family from
a storm or hurricane.
T&T Red Cross Society
Reference is made to "the lesson"
given in Parliament to newly elected
MP for Princes Town Barry Padarath
by Moruga MP Dr Lovell Francis, the
Junior Minister of Education. Lovell
sought "to school" Padarath on his
surname telling him he is giving "a
lesson" about "the Sanskrit origin and
pronunciation of Padarath s name."
The Junior Minister erred in aspects
of his understanding of Sanskrit and
its relevance/importance in "naming"
of newborn as well as overall in the
Indian way of life.
Although thousands of years old
and it has lost its global dominance
in being the root of numerous lan-
guages, Sanskrit still influences Indian
society and the globe through com-
puter languages; tech experts say San-
skrit plays a key role in the functioning
The language is not widely spoken
but many Indians still speak Sanskrit---
the mother of numerous languages.
It is noted that virtually all Indian
(Hindu) names are Sanskrit in origin.
Names are assigned depending on the
calendar and time of birth and are
taken (prescribed) from a Sanskrit book
after consultation with a spiritual
leader. Thus, Padarath s name has a
meaning and significance and pro-
nunciation of the name has nothing
to do with "finickiness".
The minister is right that Sanskrit
was used by scholars, but it was/is
also spoken by many in their com-
munication. Five times, I visited the
ancient city of Ayodha, a Hindu King-
dom where the famed Lord Rama was
born, lived, and ruled, experiencing
difficulty in communication because
Sanskrit is the lingua franca. Sanskrit
is the mother of many Indian as well
as European languages. Sanskrit was
a dominant spoken language at one
point and declined in importance with
time, being replaced with other region-
al languages. But it has not completely
ceased to be spoken; it is still spoken
in remote villages as well as in sub-
urban parts of Karnataka and UP. It
is also taught at several universities in
India and the US and Germany. Prof
MB Srinidhi of Karnataka stated in a
report in an Indian newspaper, speak-
ing in a BBC interview: "Just like the
European languages are spoken in
Europe, we also need to speak in San-
skrit. The interesting aspect is that
Sanskrit is a language that will help
in understanding not just Indian lan-
guages but also German or French or
other European languages."
Not long ago, Sanskrit was taught
at City College of New York (part of
CUNY) where I studied and is offered
at Columbia and Harvard Universities.
And Sanskrit has relevance in computer
language used in programming. Com-
puter specialists urge programmers to
learn Sanskrit to help them master
It is not clear if "Padarath" is cor-
rectly spelt since, historically, Indian
names were misspelt when newborns
were registered going back to early
period of indentureship.
Indian names have meanings and
significance."Par-da-rath", as pro-
nounced by Minister Lovell, is not list-
ed in any dictionary. It does not mean
that "Par-da-rath" does not exist as
a name. Barry s last name could have
been "Pada Rath" named after "Pada
yatra" (foot journey or pilgrimage
undertaken by a prominent person like
a famed politician or religious leader
to educate people about society. The
Great Mahatma Gandhi utilised Pada
Yatras (foot pilgrimages) to win over
support for India s independence.
Spelt as is, Padarath means spiritual
enlightenment. And the Hindu scrip-
tures say there are four Padarath---
Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha.
They are the essentials a soul needs
to attain the supreme spiritual bliss
(nirvana) ie attainment of godliness.
has offered guidance on how we should
Dr Vishnu Bisram
A rice farmer looks on as his produce is loaded onto a truck at his Plum Mitan farm. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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