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Better be ready
Are you ready for a
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
Natural disasters can strike anytime, anywhere.
There are simple steps you can take to help
protect your family from a natural disaster.
Call your Emergency Management Office and the
Red Cross for further details.
Find out which disasters could occur in your area
and how to prepare.
Ask how you would be warned of an emergency.
Learn your communities' evacuation routes.
Ask where your nearest emergency shelters are
Ask about any special assistance for the elderly or
Ask about the plans in place at work, schools or
day care centres as well.
Create an Emergency Plan:
Meet with household members. Discuss with chil-
dren the dangers of fire, severe weather, earth-
quakes and other emergencies.
Discuss how to respond to each disaster that
Draw a floor plan of your home. Mark two escape
routes from each room. Practise an emergency
evacuation drill at least two times a year.
Learn how to turn off your water, gas and electric-
ity at the main switches.
Discuss what to do about power outages and per-
Post emergency numbers near telephones:
ODPM (Trinidad) - 640-1285/8905/8653/
800-ODPM website: odpm.gov.tt
ODPM (Tobago) - 660-7489/7686
Police - 999
Fire Services - 990
Coast Guard - 634-4440/4532/4554
Defence Force - 634-4532
Ambulance Service (EHS) - 624-4343
EMA - 628-8042
T&TEC - 625-1296/1774
TSTT - 6611
National Gas - 800-4427
Nearest health facility
Teach children how and when to call 999, Police and
Fire Services and how to make long distance calls.
Instruct household members to turn to the radio
for emergency information.
Pick one out-of-the-area-relative and one local
friend or relative for family members to call or
meet at if separated by a disaster.
Take a basic First Aid course and CPR class.
Make a list of valuables. Keep family records in a
waterproof and fireproof container.
Prepare a disaster supply list:
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape
- Canned goods, non-perishable foods and a
non-electric can opener
- Drinking water
- Any special dietary food if required
- Identification, cash, valuable papers,
insurance policies and photos
- Battery-operated radio with extra batteries
- Personal hygiene items
- Disposable utensils
- Infant-care items
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Easy carrying container (bag) for all items.
Prepare a First Aid Kit:
- Prescription medications, betadine solu-
tion, gauze bandages, adhesive tape, sterile
pads, band aids, triangular bandages, safety
scissors, non-prescription medication, sun
screen, insect repellent, non-latex gloves,
absorbent compress 5x9 dressing, adhesive
bandages (assorted sizes), antiseptic wipes,
antibiotic ointment packets, etc.
Prepare an Emergency Car Kit:
Battery powered radio (with extra batteries),
flashlight (with extra batteries), sleeping
bags or blankets, first-aid kit and manual,
bottled water, non-perishable high energy
foods such as granola bars, raisins and
peanut butter, booster cables, a fire extin-
guisher, maps, shovel, tyre repair kit and
pump and flares.
T&T Red Cross Society
A Moruga security officer who got into an argu-
ment with a relative on Sunday was shot with his
Police said that Sean Sydney, 45, an estate inspector,
was at his Andy Trace, St Mary s Village, home around
9 am when he got into an argument with a 29-year-
old man, who lives nearby.
During the argument the relative grabbed Sydney s
pistol, which was in his waist holster and shot him
in the right leg and ran off.
Sydney was taken to the Princes Town District
Health Facility where he was treated and discharged.
Cpl Woods is investigating. (KF)
with own gun
Efforts are being
made to house 185
pupils of the Waterloo
SDMS Primary School
at the Waterloo Presby-
terian Church and the
Caribbean Hindu Muse-
um after fire destroyed
part of their school on
Secretary General of
the Sanatan Dharma
Maha Sabha, Satnarayn
Maharaj, said their edu-
cation board was also
considering a temporary
shift system with the
nearby Orange Field
Hindu School for the
However, he said, that
was a secondary option
as they would not want
to inconvenience the
pupils at that school.
With the compound
being closed down since
Saturday, he is hopeful
that classes will resume
before the week ends and
hopefully repairs to the
school will be completed
in three weeks.
According to a release
from the Ministry of
Education on Monday,
the fire broke out around
11.40 am destroying the
First Year classroom, sci-
ence room and pupils
toilet. It resulted in sig-
nificant damage to the
electrical wiring, lighting,
ceiling, concrete walls,
wooden rafters, batch
board, galvanize sheets
and plumbing lines. Fur-
niture and students
books were also
Couva fire fighters
extinguished the blaze
and T&TEC workers dis-
connected the power
supply to the school as a
Ministry officials along
with SDMS members
held a meeting on Sat-
urday and visited the old
Couva West Secondary
School as a possible
venue. However, Maharaj
said, that decision was
changed on Monday fol-
lowing another meeting.
"This morning mem-
bers of the board had a
meeting with the Min-
istry of Education and
the parents, and we
decided that we are not
moving out of the catch-
ment. We are housing the
SEA class at the Hindu
which is about 200 yards
away and which previ-
ously housed the school.
"We have a school
about eight to ten min-
utes away, the Orange
Field Hindu School, to go
on shift with the lower
classes. We are also talk-
ing to the Presbyterian
board, because only
about 100 yards away
they have a school and a
church. We are asking
whether they can permit
us to use the church tem-
porarily," Maharaj said.
To hasten the repairs
and renovations, he said,
the SDMS would under-
take work on the annex
which houses the infant
classes while the ministry
would handle the toilet,
sewerage system and
As for the cause of the
blaze, fire prevention
officers are still working
to determine the origin
After fire at Waterloo SDMS school
Partygoers at the
party, at the
but Maharaj said there
was a bush fire on the
eastern side of the school
last Friday, which they
suspect reignited and
spread to the school.
Pupils moved to
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