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Sweet harvest as
Honey Seco launches
Members of the Brasso Seco/
Morne La Croix Farmers' Associ-
ation are reaping the sweet rewards
of their efforts with a first harvest
of 25 gallons of honey. Last July, the
community group received fund-
ing of $65,000 from the Digicel
Foundation, which helped them
establish a community bee apiary
with the help of experts. By May 3,
the group had launched their own
Honey Seco brand of honey at the
Brasso Seco Community Centre.
The farmers proudly displayed their
first honey harvest to the community
and other key stakeholders, namely: the
High Commission of Canada, the Unit-
ed Nations Development Programme
and the Caribbean Natural Resources
The farmers wanted to use climate
change adaptation models for a bet-
ter project, and so included a rainwa-
ter harvesting system and solar energy
power sources in the apiary system.
The Farmers' Association is excited
about the benefits of the project, in-
cluding future increased employment
and a project which boosts community
How sweet it is. People hold up bottles of Honey Seco honey,
part of the first harvest from a new community bee apiary
project, with funding help from the Digicel Foundation. From
left: Judy Olliviere--Francois, President of the Brasso Seco/
Morne la Croix Farmers Association; Akosua Edwards,
Caribbean Resource Institute consultant; Rissa Edoo, UNDP
Programme Assistant, GEF Small Grants Programme; Carla
Hogan Rufelds, Canadian High Commissioner; and Cindyann
Currency, Digicel Foundation Senior Project Officer,
Winston Maraj, Project Manager and
Secretary of the Brasso Seco/Morne La Croix
Farmers Associationm, proudly displays a
bottle of Honey Seco honey during the launch
of the brand which took place at the Brasso
Seco Community Centre on May 3.
Honey Seco ready for market. Among those holding up honey bottles are members of the Brasso Seco/Morne
La Croix Farmers' Association; Akosua Edwards, Caribbean Resource Institute consultant (third from left);
Rissa Edoo, UNDP Programme Assistant, GEF Small Grants Programme (centre); Cindyann Currency, Digicel
Foundation Senior Project Officer, Community Development (fifth from right) and Carla Hogan Rufelds,
Canadian High Commissioner (fourth from right).
Members of the Brasso Seco/Morne La Croix community look on during the launch
of Honey Seco which took place at the Brasso Seco Community Centre on May 3.
Contact the Red Cross: Headquarters - 627-8215/8128, Northern branch - 627-8214, Southern branch - 652-2024, Tobago branch - 639-2781
Before a hurricane:
Know the location of the nearest emergency shelter in your area.
Trim the trees in your yard,so limbs won't fly around during a
If you have hurricane shutters, inspect them now and repair dam-
Know the location of the main electrical breaker and the gas and
water valves in your home.
Make a list of the items in and around your yard to bring in or tie
down when a tropical storm or hurricane approaches. For exam-
ple: TV antenna, plants, garbage cans and yard furniture.
Check your insurance policy for coverage on wind and flood dam-
age, especially if you're in a low-lying area.
Keep a portable radio, flashlight (both with extra batteries),
emergency supplies, first aid kit, canned food and bottled water
on hand throughout the hurricane season.
Keep yourself updated as to the weather conditions and the pos-
sibilities of severe weather.
Have your emergency numbers at hand and in a convenient loca-
Designate an interior room with no windows or external doors as
a "Safe Room."
Determine escape routes and places to meet if separated.
Have an out-of-the-area-friend as a family contact so all have a
single point of contact and someone knows where you are.
Make a plan for your pets if you need to evacuate.
Take First Aid and CPR Classes. Your Red Cross can provide you
with the same.
When a hurricane approaches:
A hurricane watch is given when the hurricane is possible within
When a hurricane is 24 hours away, a hurricane warning is issued.
Hurricane landfall is imminent.
When a hurricane warning is issued, you should board up your
windows and doors, bring in loose items from outside, shut off
electrical, gas and water hook-ups and seek safe shelter.
During a hurricane:
Stay away from windows and stay inside if you are not told to
Beware that the centre of a hurricane, or the eye, can be very
calm and deceptive. When the eye passes, the storm is not over.
Stay inside because the fury of the winds will return, this time
from the opposite direction.
Remain in your safe location until the storm has passed com-
pletely and the all clear has been given.
Are you ready for ahurricane?
Source: The T&T Red Cross Society
As we brace for the unpredictability of
the hurricane season, it is important
to be prepared. Here are some simple
steps to help protect your family from
a storm or hurricane.
T&T Red Cross Society
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