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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
Eleven former sporting personalities
will be inducted in the First Citizens
Sports Foundation Sports Hall Of Fame
later today at a gala ceremony from
6.15 pm at the Hyatt Regency Hotel,
Port of Spain, and among them will
be the man who has scored the most
goals for T&T in football Stern John.
John, who has scored 70 goals for
T&T and has been credited as the main
man in the 2006 Soca Warriors team
qualifying for the World Cup in Ger-
many, will join the elites in sports in
T&T. Apart from John, the others to
join this elite group are former national
cricketer Louise Browne-Jackson, ath-
letics administrator Douglas Barzey, who
will receive his award posthumously,
ex-cricket captain and opening batsman
Daren Ganga, Bryan Davis, 1898 "Strike
Squad" defender Clayton Morris, Angus
Eve, Mr race horse Brian Harding,
Stephanie Power and former national
spinner Ranji Nanan.
Yesterday John said he was happy to
have been chosen to be among the best
sportsmen ans women in T&T. "It s a
fantastic feeling to be recognised for
your achievement. And to add to this,
the hall of fame represents the best
sportsmen and women in T&T" John
John began his career at the Arouca
Government Primary School as a multi-
talented sportsman in cricket and foot-
ball before moving to Five Rivers and
then El Dorado Secondary where he
focussed on football, particularly because
of his goalscoring ability. He helped El
Dorado, nicknamed The Blue Thunder
to the East Zone Intercol title before he
was elevated to the national team where
Three footballers lead Hall of Fame inductees tonight
...as hockey star SiuButt calls for fairness
Williams, Whitfield target more beach vball honours
T&T duo, Daneil Williams and
Fabien Whitfield will be hoping
to continue their recent medal
winning trend when the seventh
and final leg of the 2015 NORCE-
CA Continental Beach Volleyball
Circuit serves off at the Courland
Heritage Park, Turtle Beach,
Tobago, from 9 am today.
Winners of bronze medals in
the fifth and sixth legs in Florida,
USA and St Lucia, respectively,
Williams and Whitfield will be one
of three local men s combinations
in the 21-team event which will
conclude on Sunday night at the
Also wearing the red, white and
black colours are national indoor
stand-out and reigning senior
Caribbean "Most Valuable Player"
Simon Blake and Colin Bernard
(T&T-B), and the Tobago duo, of
Kristen Trim and Kevin James
This years event is of added
interest to all teams as it provides
valuable points towards next year s
Rio Olympics Games Qualification
and due to its importance, some
of the top teams from the world
tour will be present.
They include, USA s Phil Dal-
hausser, a gold medal winner at
the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and
2010 World Champion with his
partner Lucena Nichola, and Casey
Patterson and Jake Gibb, the top
US team on the world tour cur-
he grew in prominence.
He scored a number of goals for
T&T, Columbus Crew, Nottingham
Forest and other clubs in the English
First Division to be recognised as
a deadly goalscorer.
The closest scorer to him for
T&T was Angus Eve who was a
distant second with some 30 goals
to his name. Dave Lamy, a member
of the foundation said specific
attention has been paid to relatively
young sport achievers. He explained
that a number of people have
received recognition for their
achievements in sport when they
are old and others when they have
To be considered for induction
in the hall of fame athletes are
required to submit information on
their achievements and must not
be actively involved in the sport.
The foundation will also conduct
their investigation to verify the info,
by speaking to people and doing
google search among others.
Meanwhile there are concerns of
bias within the selection of athletes
for this year s induction process.
Top hockey queen Stacy Sui Butt
is claiming that her application to
be among the group of inductees
in January was not considered
because officials told her that she
cannot be actively involved in sports
presently. Sui Butt who has for years
now, called it quits on her career,
now plays for recreation in the T&T
Hockey Board tournament.
However she noted that while
her application was not considered,
one of tonight s inductees is a cur-
rent player with a team in the Super
League Football Tournament. She
is claiming bias, saying that she
pointed it out officials of the sports
foundation but her plight was
She called for the foundation to
be honest, fair and transparent in
its selection process so that other
local athletes do not suffer as she
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