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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
Neymar said he s ready to "start
making history" with the Spanish
champions and follow in a long line
of Brazilians who have triumphed
at Camp Nou.
Neymar signed a five-year contract
on Monday with Barcelona, which
will now boast an even more formi-
dable attacking unit with Lionel
Messi playing alongside the 21-year-
At his presentation, Neymar said
that besides playing with Messi one
of the reasons he wanted to come to
Barcelona was because he had grown
up watching countryman Ronaldinho
win titles in burgundy and blue.
Neymar said late Wednesday that
Ronaldinho, the most recent Brazil
star to leave his mark at Barcelona,
is "beyond comparison" after he
"made history with Barcelona."
"I remember him making moves,
his dribbling, winning all those titles
at Camp Nou," Neymar told
Barcelona s television station. "He
made history at Barcelona and the
Brazil national team...In my case, I
am beginning to make history and
I hope that I can also leave my mark
here in Barcelona."
Neymar s move to Barcelona
comes ten years after Ronaldinho
arrived in 2003 and helped begin its
current winning era that has included
three Champions League titles.
Barcelona paid 57 million euros
for Neymar, the eighth most expen-
sive signing in football history. He
will play with fellow Brazil team
members Dani Alves and Adriano,
both of whom are defenders.
"This team is great. It has great
players and great friends, which is
one of the most important things
for a football team," said Neymar.
"Dani told me that this is what I
would find at Barcelona. He encour-
aged me to come. Adriano also spoke
to me about Barca and encouraged
me, and here I am."
Other Brazil stars that triumphed
and became fan favourites at
Barcelona include Romario (1993),
Ronaldo (1996), and Rivaldo (1997).
Neymar joined Barcelona from
Santos, his boyhood team that he
led on its greatest run since Pele
stopped playing for the Brazilian club
in the 1970s. He helped Santos win
the 2010 Brazilian Cup, the 2011 Copa
Libertadores and three straight Sao
Paulo state championships, becoming
the team s leading scorer in the post-
Pele era with 138 goals in 230 match-
Neymar wants to 'make history' with Barcelona
FC Barcelona's new signing Neymar waves to the crowd
during his official presentation at the Camp Nou stadium
in Barcelona, Spain, Monday. Neymar arrived in Barcelona
on Monday to complete his deal with the Catalan club,
which will see the Brazil star form a formidable attacking
partnership with Lionel Messi. AP PHOTO
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