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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
MADRID--- The doctor at the heart of
cycling s Operation Puerto doping scandal
has been convicted, but the key evidence
that could implicate more athletes are set
to be destroyed --- preventing sport agencies
from trying to uncover who else may have
Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes was
found guilty yesterday of endangering public
health and given a one-year suspended jail
sentence in the Operation Puerto case.
Fuentes was also barred from medical practice
in sports for four years and ordered to pay
a fine 4,650 euros (US$6,000).
But in a decision that drew criticism from
some anti-doping officials, Judge Julia San-
tamaria also said that the more than 100
blood bags that were seized seven years ago
when police raided Fuentes Madrid clinics
should be destroyed. That would rule out
any possible investigations by the World
Anti-Doping Agency and Spain s national
anti-doping body, who have said they want
to examine the bags to identify all the athletes
involved. Santamaria said Spain s privacy
laws prevented the bags from being made
Several prominent cyclists have been iden-
tified in the scandal, but Fuentes testified
that he also treated athletes from other sports
--- without giving their names.
Ana Munoz, of Spain s anti-doping agency
said she would appeal the decision to destroy
the bags, arguing they contained vital evi-
dence which can still be used.
"For the Spanish Anti-Doping Agency it
is very important to know the whole truth
and, with this sentence, we only know a part
of the truth," Munoz said. "We know the
truth that says that Dr Fuentes is not a good
doctor because he did some practices that
are very bad for the health of athletes. But,
on the other hand, it is necessary to know
the names of the athletes."
The bags contained red blood cells and plas-
ma that had been separated by Fuentes from
his patients through the use of sophisticated
According to the judge, Fuentes practices
were aimed purely at improving athletes per-
formances, but they also posed a threat to
The judge said Fuentes timed blood extrac-
tions and transfusions with athletes race cal-
endars, with the aim of improving their results
and evading detection in doping controls.
Former professional rider Jesus Manzano,
who was a plaintiff in the case and had sought
compensation from Fuentes and others for
allegedly endangering his life, said the verdict
was far too lenient.
"For this kind of verdict you don t even
need to study to become a judge," he said.
"They ve just made me waste another day of
Manzano had given testimony detailing a
range of doping techniques used to boost per-
formance, telling Santamaria in February that
two of the drugs he was given were developed
for use in animals.
"Actovegin and Oxiglobin are for animals,"
Manzano said. "We used to joke in the team
that some days you barked and others you
The court also sentenced former cycling
team official Ignacio Labarta to four months
in jail. It acquitted the other three people on
trial: Yolanda Fuentes, Manuel Saiz and Vicente
Defendants who receive sentences of less
than two years in Spain generally do not go
to jail unless they have previous convictions.
Fuentes has ten days to appeal.
WADA and Ana Munoz, head of Spain s
new anti-doping agency, had requested access
to the evidence contained in the blood bags
for possible testing using the latest scientific
Although the bags will not be destroyed
until appeals are heard, their eventual destruc-
tion puts an end to any further cases that
could have been instigated by WADA or
Operation Puerto implicated more than 50
cyclists, only a few of whom have been sanc-
tioned for cheating. The case raised suspicions
that the bags could have contained evidence
linking other top athletes who used Fuentes
Fuentes testified during the trial that he
had clients from other sports, including foot-
ball, tennis, boxing and athletics, but they
were not identified.
No cyclists were on trial because doping
was not an offense in 2006 when police raided
Fuentes clinics and laboratories. Spain has
since passed anti-doping legislation, with an
even stricter anti-doping bill to be voted on
by parliament this summer.
Madrid is bidding for the 2020 Olympics
and Munoz has said she is determined to pur-
sue a much harder line on sports cheats.
LONDON --- Chris
Froome has plunged
Team Sky into turmoil
by insisting he will lead
the British-based outfit
at the Tour de France,
Bradley Wiggins say-
ing a decision has yet
to be made by manage-
In a statement
Froome: I'll lead Team Sky at Tour de France
released to VeloNews,
Froome says, "I have
been reassured by the
management at Team
Sky that I have their full
backing, and at no time
has the leadership of
the Tour team been in
Wiggins, who won
the Tour last year, said
on Monday team prin-
cipal Dave Brailsford
will decide on the
leader in the week lead-
ing up to the Tour and
"at this stage, it may be
that we end up joint
leaders for that first
Froome finished run-
ner-up in the 2012 Tour
and is widely consid-
ered a better climber.
Spanish doctor in cycling trial sentenced to 1 year
In this January 28 file photo, doctor Eufemiano Fuentes arrives at a court house in Madrid,
Spain. Fuentes, the Spanish doctor at the heart of one of cycling's biggest doping scandals was
found guilty, yesterday, of endangering public health and given a one-year suspended jail
sentence in the Operation Puerto case. AP PHOTO
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