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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
The sixth floor of the Police
Administration Building located on
the corner of Edward and Sackville
Streets in Port-of-Spain is to be
renamed after fallen police officer
Simon Peter Clapham.
Clapham was laid to rest yesterday
after he was shot dead on June 6
during a botched robbery attempt
by two men at Roberts Street,
Woodbrook. The 47-year-old police
officer, during the attempt, shot one
of the robbers who subsequently
died. The robber was identified as
Mikhail Stone of Tumpuna Road,
Acting Commissioner of Police
Stephen Williams made the
announcement during his address
to the large congregation yesterday.
Family, friends, members of the
T&T Police Service, including
Williams, Deputy Commissioner
Mervyn Richardson and retired assis-
tant commissioner of police Margaret
Sampson-Browne, and residents of
Laventille turned out in great num-
bers to say goodbye to Clapham at
Trinity Cathedral, Port-of-Spain.
The hall of the church was packed,
with mourners spilling outside into
the white tent placed to accommo-
date the large number of people.
Some wore T-shirts printed with
Clapham s face, date of birth and
death, in tribute to an officer many
described as disciplined, respectful,
trustworthy and conscientious as a
Williams, in his address to the
congregation, described Clapham as
"an exceptional human being."
Williams said to those gathered, "In
this life we must strive to be excep-
tional." Clapham, he said, had
achieved greatness in his field and
was a true professional.
Williams said a police officer s life
is on the line when in duty. He told
residents of Laventille that "they
can be proud of this son. He was a
"He demonstrated that from all
places, regardless of perceptions,
great things can come every race in
the society," he said.
He said to Clapham s family that
his death did not mean the end of
the relationship between Clapham
and the TTPS. Williams pledged the
service s assistance to the grieving
family. He said Clapham should be
remembered for his service.
Clapham s eldest brother Solomon
also paid tribute to him. Tying the
letter "L" around his neck, Solomon
told of his brother s love for motor-
cycles, the tragic passing of their
mother when Clapham was only 16
and Clapham as a driver for former
commissioners of police, such as
Dwayne Gibbs and James Philbert,
and current CoP Stephen Williams.
His brother, he said, learned to
repair motorcycles which got him
into the police service.
Solomon said he hoped something
would come of Clapham s passing.
Solomon offered solutions for crime
in the country, saying crime in the
country was like a "little cancer"
and if not taken care of would spread
Solomon said whenever his broth-
er had responsibility thrust upon
him, he delivered.
He called on parliamentarians to
be more assertive in addressing the
issue of crime in the country.
Anglican Bishop Claude Berkley
delivered the homily on good over-
coming evil and asked, "What kind
of people have we become?" He said
what Clapham stood for could never
be defeated. The country, he said,
has not responded well to the crime
situation but that no one should be
blamed for it. Everyone, he said, is
Berkley said the time for action
is now. There is an urgent need, he
said, to restore "an understanding
for the sanctity of life" in all of the
society s institutions.
Various motorcycle stunts were
done in honour of the motorcycle
Clapham leaves to mourn his wife
Deedra, sons Salim and Shakir,
brothers Solomon and Samuel and
granddaughter Skyla. Clapham s
body was interred at Mucurapo
Accolades pour in, as shot police officer laid to rest...
CoP: Clapham an
exceptional human being
The widow of PC Simon Peter Clapham, Deedra Clapham, embraces her
sons Shakir, right, and Salim, as they walk out of the Holy Trinity Cathedral,
Port-of-Spain, following the funeral service for the officer who was shot
and killed in Woodbrook on June 6.
Salim Clapham, second from left, rides his father's motorcycle in the
company of other bikers as they lead the funeral procession for his father,
after the service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
PHOTOS: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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