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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
Young designer Janelle Forde has teamed
up with leading retail chain Jebelle to carry
select items from her emerging fashion line,
The partnership was launched recently at
the Westmall branch of Jebelle where branch
manager Vaani Ramnanan welcomed her
clients and guests to the store to experience
a new investment in local fashion.
"It is very important because it brings the
retail aspect to a local designer," said Forde.
Before this heightened commercial oppor-
tunity, however, her core business was based
on consultations, "which they (clients) do pay
for, but it s good to have a retail aspect to it.
I have done this before in a store on Barbados,
(but) not on this scale. It was very low-keyed."
Asked how she kept the young brand fresh,
while nurturing its growth, the designer
explained being the brand champion was key
and that wearing everything she wanted the
public to buy, was ideal.
Commenting on her social media strategy,
she said, rather than establish separate plat-
forms for personal and business use, she care-
fully managed her private pages to generate
commercial activity. This strategy ensured she
was never separate from the brand or the
brand independent of her.
Coming in May, she will host a high tea
event in her native Barbados, at which her
collection would be in focus. She will then
turn her attention to Crop Over before unveil-
ing a new in T&T, in September, which she
assured, would be aesthetically different.
The meeting between J Angelique and Jebelle
was made possible through an event hosted
by Fashion Convention (FCL) Ltd headed by
marketing and branding professional Michael
Christopher and business partner Liseli Rollock.
Under its subsidiary brand Fashion Focus tout-
ed as conveyor in the sustained promoting of
the work of local creators of style here at home
Last July, FCL hosted a trade show dedicated
to fashion that brought together all the stake-
holders in the industry. J Angelique was one
of the designers showcased at that event and
caught the interest of Jebelle, citing that her
aesthetics were symbolic of the brand they
nurtured by the retailers principles over the
Other beneficiaries of that project were,
Lisa See Tai who partnered with 212 Location
at West Mall and Shop Shari through her col-
laboration with Blanixx.
"We wanted to try to help local designers
get into collaborations with retailers so the
whole fashion cycle is brought into a greater
understanding, in terms of designers operating
out of small boutiques or operating from home.
Understanding the business of fashion is some-
thing we are trying to build...the capacity for
these local entrepreneurs," said Christopher.
Ramnanan told the T&T Guardian it was
an honour to have select items from the J
Angelique line in the store.
"I am pleased to help someone that is now
coming into the commercial world...to help
them propel. We have been established for a
while. We have our clientele. It would be a
very good avenue for her to speed up her
process in getting her name out there. From
a woman s perspective, it s always nice to help
someone. Who at one point in time would
have been there," she said.
Ramnanan continued, "Her designs are fan-
tastic. The quality of her products stand to
the standard of what we stand for. So that
was one of the factors that I incorporated
when considering her launching her beautiful
dresses at Jebelle. I am very proud and happy
that everything went well. I believe it will sell.
It fits beautifully. The quality of the fabric
looks classy and elegant."
Encouraged by the work of J Angelique,
Ramnanan said she would keep an eye out for
other emerging designers, who possess the
rich creative aesthetics the store demands and
explore opportunities for them having a place
in the store.
J Angelique, Jebelle in fashion collaboration
Designer J Angelique, left, and Vaani Ramnanan, manager, Jebelle, West Mall.
Designer J Angelique strikes a pose next to
her creations. PHOTOS: SEAN NERO
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