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Contact the Red Cross: Headquarters - 627-8215/8128, Northern branch - 627-8214, Southern branch - 652-2024, Tobago branch - 639-2781
Create an Emergency Plan:
Meet with household members to discuss how to respond to each disas-
ter that could occur.
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.
Pick one out-of-the-area-relative and one local friend or relative for fami-
ly members to call or meet at if separated by a disaster.
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
Take a basic First Aid course and CPR class.
Make a list of valuables. Keep family records in a waterproof and fire-
Prepare a disaster supply list:
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape
- Canned goods, non-perishable foods and a non-electric can open-
- Drinking water
- Any special dietary food if required
- Identification, cash, valuable papers, insurance policies and pho-
- 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 solution, 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 bat-
teries), 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 extinguisher, maps, shovel, tyre
repair kit and pump and flares.
Are you ready for anatural disaster?
Source: The T&T Red Cross Society
Natural dsasters can
strike anytime, any-
where. There are simple
steps you can take to
help protect your family
from a natural disaster.
T&T Red Cross Society
From bloggers to protesters,
a generation asserted itself
in the call for Mayor Tim
Kee s resignation. Women in their
20s and 30s, supported by men and
older women, made a rare show of
public power over sexist language
regarding violence against women.
One commentator compared it to
the Black Power movement when
an earlier generation mobilised
against the mores of their parents
Others argued that protests
should have been over the murder
of Asami Nagakiya, rather than offi-
cialdom s response. They missed
the fact that this generation fully
understands the interlock of both.
The uproar was about another
example of violence against women.
Yet, everything said also protested
commonplace sexual harassment,
sexual assault and other kinds of
public gender-based harm, precisely
because these normalise violence,
or fear and threat of violence, as a
fact of women s lives.
Women are right to not only
focus on single losses of life or single
incidences of abuse when feelings
of fear in public, and women s lack
of public and private safety, is per-
vasive, yet invisible to many or
denied. Or, worse yet, blamed on
The state is obligated to create
conditions within which women,
who are particular targets of vio-
lence, are safe, regardless. It is one
thing to live in a nation where
harassment, rape, beatings, traf-
ficking and murder continue, with
too few of these resulting in con-
victions or change. It is another
when state officials use moments
of such violence to point fingers
away from state accountability. And
do so with impunity, as if the con-
sequences of state failure around
violence are not experienced every
That this was a moment of
insisting on state officials answer-
ability, in a country where its lack
costs us billions, is not to be dis-
missed. Accountability to non-sexist
language and decision-making
might seem insignificant, but it at
the core of women s citizenship.
Women of this generation tar-
geted the mayor because they
understood that they too were
under attack. The supposed harm
to decency and morality posed by
women flinging waist is debated
every year, and is a 150 year-old
panic rooted in the tyranny of
imposed on women, determining
their status, meaning and value.
Yet, the past decade s noticeable
trend among students is an over-
whelming concern with women s
sexual and bodily liberty. Fueled
by celebrity-led movements and
world marches against slut shaming
is the idea that women should be
able to go wherever, however and
whenever they choose.
In 2013 for example, young
women, led by Renelle White, held
their own "slut walk," titled a "Jam-
mette March," on the promenade,
to insist that women s sexuality
doesn t provoke male violence.
Male violence explains male vio-
Between the emergence of "Car-
nival as woman" and female stu-
dents seeing educational and
employment gains as insufficient
in the face of continued sexual vio-
lence and shaming, an articulate
power has been developing which
can clearly amass.
In questioning a trend that
seemed to emphasise the right to
choose without adequately engag-
ing the contents of such of choice,
many missed its political potential.
While Mayor Tim Kee s resignation
was not a "solution," it was thus
a victory for a globalised generation
for whom "slut" or jamette sham-
Luckily, international press was
upon us. The PM had already
affirmed Mayor Tim Kee s intention
to resign. Public and media opinion
put his comments as inappropriate,
with his apology adding insult to
injury. Over 10,000 signatures
appeared on a petition, started by
young feminist group Womantra,
giving a mandate to momentum.
Behind and in front the scenes,
women from both political parties
also weighed in.
Clyde Paul retains authority in
Port Fortin despite responding,
"What action must Tim Kee resign
for. I hope when the truth of the
young lady s murder unfolds some
people could handle it."
Religious leaders are morbidly
capitalising on a woman s murder
to insist on women s morality. This
backlash strengthens the lie that
covering up and being decent will
protect women from harm.
To refuse that protection racket,
a generation of gender-conscious
women and men will have to be
serious about successful organising.
One battle may be won, but a war
over women s freedom is one we
Participants during Wednesday's silent march against crime in the country.
PHOTO COURTESY JOANNA K DE SILVA
Diary of a mothering worker
VIGILANCE FOR FEW
VICTORIES ARE ABSOLUTE
I find it quite laughable to read each day
letters from people complaining that they
are "being made" to pay higher prices at the
First off, no one is forcing you to buy
what you feel are overpriced items.
Secondly, the market/demand determines
what an item is worth or can sell for.
Instead of complaining and then shelling out
your money anyway, how about practising
restraint and not buying?
Businessmen are not in the game
because they like it---they're in it to make
money, profits. If enough time goes by and
their products sit on the shelves then they
will have no choice but to take a hit on the
perceived "super profits" and reduce them.
But that can only happen if consumers
realise the power they have in their pockets.
Most people don't even know what they
pay for an item. I have seen grocery
shoppers immediately discard bills once
they have paid, not thinking that they could
save them for future reference and track
prices. I saved mine and so was able to
compare and realise that many prices on
VATable items did not go down, despite a
2.5 per cent reduction in the sales tax.
Likewise, zero rated items skyrocketed well
beyond the mandated 12.5 per cent
increase. Informed by these figures I was
able to make decisions on which places to
support and which items to continue
Growing up, the popular local phrase was,
"you can't eat the money." True, but we can
try and get maximum value for it. No one is
asking consumers to stop buying their
favourite fast foods or prepared meals
forever, but when each week brings a new
increase (and local increases are never in
amounts less than $1---giving back coins is
too hard it seems) then you need to step on
the brakes and do without for a short
period---that will help the market to adjust.
Remember a commodity is worth only what
the consumers are willing to pay for it.
But those actions take will power and self
restraint---something locals seem to have in
short supply. So expect the letters and
social media rants about how our collective
eyes are being dug out by greedy
businessmen, yet watch the lines grow
longer as the same complainants eagerly
rush to purchase en masse.
Sometimes I think they echo the words
of Oscar Wilde when he wrote, "I can resist
anything except temptation."
T H Amin,
Put the brakes on paying high prices
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