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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-
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Vitae by December 18, 2015 to:
The Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs
12 Abercromby Street
Port of Spain
Groovy Soca Monarch 2015 title
holder, Olatunji Yearwood, has
welcomed the change of the
International Soca Monarch not
being carried live but instead
being recorded, edited and pre-
packaged to broadcast on CNC3
television on Carnival Saturday
Speaking at a media conference
at Dianne s Tea Shop, Long Cir-
cular Road, Maraval, on Wednes-
day, Yearwood said although the
live broadcast would be surely
missed by him, he believes the
move is for betterment.
"I support change and most
international shows are pre-packaged
which enables it to be well-polished
and executed fit for export. As part of
the televised show the results will be
announced, which is all good too,
because to have to wait on the results
on the same night is quite nerve-wreck-
ing," Yearwood said.
He admitted though that he was not
sure as to whether or not he would be
defending his crown. "It is something
for me that comes with inspiration and
energy from the people." he said.
Yearwood who will release his first-
ever soca album, titled Awakening, on
January 20, next year, will also be a
part of a mentoring programme for
upcoming talent from the nation s
"We have a future of unbounded
potential and greatness for the artform
from the steelpan, to mas costumes
and soca music but for this to work it
is our responsibility as lovers of culture
and the artform to come together, using
our full mental and emotional capacity
to help and support each of us," Year-
Yearwood welcomed special prizes
for writers and producers in next year s
competition, saying that as a writer
himself in previous years writers and
producers feel left out.
One of Yearwood s 2016 songs,
Where I m From, is a collaboration he
did with reigning Power Soca Monarch
King, Machel Montano. The song was
produced by Millbeatz.
Asked where he sees soca music
heading, Yearwood said: "I really want
to see it in that international forum like
VH1, MTV and the Grammy s.
"Soca is fusing with everything and
that is the idea, take it to all genres
Pop, Afro-beat and Hip Hop. I think
the music is out there, it is just the
artistes who needs to push it, also with
help from the Government and the
Groovy king teams up with Machel...
Kudos for new edited
Soca Monarch format
Yearwood also warned of a fake
bookings via an Instagram account
originating from New York.
He said the account---
and Web site tspring.com/tadow1 ---
has no links with him. He said the
person behind the bogus account had
been accepting bookings from potential
clients and requesting downpayments
via money transfers. Yearwood said his
attorneys were already looking into the
Reigning Groovy Soca Monarch Olatunji Yearwood arrives at Tuesday's
press conference at Dianne's Tea Shop, Long Circular Road, Maraval.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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