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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
Alta tutors who have
completed their first year
of teaching are sharing
their experiences to
encourage others to
come volunteer their
time to teach adults to
read. Here is one of our
My name is Juliette
Flatts. My official journey
as an Alta-nian began on
September 16, 2014, at
the Tunapuna Boys RC
There, I was standing
in a classroom with
expectant faces focused
on my every move. I tried
my best not to show how
nervous I felt. With intro-
ductions made, names
and a bit of information
exchanged, it was time to
get down to the task at
hand---which was to do
my part in improving the
literacy levels in this
There are a lot of things
that I took for granted.
That was my "aha"
moment. Now I can be a
part of the solution.
The lessons were easy
to follow and transmit to
the students. There was
writing, spelling and read-
ing, aided by the phonics
and sight word cards. The
enjoyed the games, which
were really the lessons
presented to them in a
fun way. They were keen
as well to take in and pro-
vide feedback on what
was being offered and
their shyness soon gave
way to lively discussions.
I can honestly say I
learned from them as
Just for a short time in
that classroom, age, social
standing, gender barriers
were non-existent. Our
goal was learning and
sharing. The stories
revealed were surreal and
one can only admire the
stamina and resilience
that brought these stu-
dents to the point of real-
isation that it was time to
register and commit to an
would be that all students
were not able to be pro-
moted and some dropped
out due to work-related issues.
I look forward to continuing
a new term with new stu-
dents, but I will always
remember my first batch of
There is a sense of accom-
plishment and satisfaction
knowing that I have positively
impacted someone s life and
made a difference towards a
brighter future for them. They
are better off than when they
started, certainly, and must
now move towards continued
growth and development.
To future tutors, make
the call and come on
board. You have so
much to gain and not a
thing to lose.
Call 624-2582 or email
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Channel: Adult Literacy
My first year teaching at Alta Tunapuna
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