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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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would eventually export chocolate
around the world with the help of sail-
boats, bicycles and solar-powered
The idealist worked with the local
small farmers who were paid hand-
somely according to another report in
the UK Telegraph. It said his 50 factory
workers earned the same wage as he
did and at times even more. Green
was also noted for this as it is often
argued agricultural labourers receive
small wages and are not treated
humanely. He lobbied against the bad
treatment of small cocoa farmers, espe-
cially against the exploitation of child
workers in Africa by buyers and
exporters who sell cocoa to big choco-
He fought these issues, the New
York Times said, by dealing directly
with small growers and by keeping the
processing and packaging of chocolate
In a 2012 interview with a Dallas-
based magazine, D, Green was quoted
as saying: "My progression was activist,
love Grenada, love cocoa, love
machines and tinkering, making
chocolate, and doing it all without
hurting the land."
Green s chocolate-making routine,
according to the New York Times,
went something like this: he dried
cocoa beans in the sun; built, main-
tained and powered the machinery to
make chocolate; packaged the finished
product; and cobbled together an inter-
national network of distributors,
including volunteer cargo cyclists in
"With a weekly output of less than
300 pounds, Grenada Chocolate Com-
pany s chocolate, is some of the most
expensive chocolate in the world (a
bar of Grenada Dark, 71 per cent, costs
close to six pounds) said the business-
Though the company gained, recog-
nition from several notable organisa-
tions for its contribution to the econ-
omy, including accolades from the
State Department, which praised its
outstanding environmental conserva-
tion efforts and promotion of organic
In 2012, the company made its
biggest shipping deal, delivering tens
of thousands of chocolate bars to
Europe on a sail-powered Dutch ship,
the called Brigantine Tres Hombres,
operated by a company called Fair
A documentary film about the com-
pany, Nothing Like Chocolate, was
released last year. It was directed by
Now that "the chocolate man" is
no more, his mother Dr Judith Fried-
man told the New York Times she and
several other people involved with the
company were meeting this month in
Grenada to discuss future plans for
Farewell to chocolate maker
and chocolate lover Mott Green American journalist and chef
Ramin Ganeshram, who is of
Trinidadian heritage, told the
T&T Guardian in a brief
telephone interview, she was
saddened and upset by Green's
death. The author of Sweet
Hands: Island Cooking From
T&T, said she never met Green
in person but had the privilege
of interviewing him over the
phone for an article on the
cocoa industry, which she was
writing for Islands Magazine.
"If anybody knows how
chocolate is made, a tropical
climate is not conducive and it
is also not able to sail. But here
you had this 'crazy American
guy' going against all the odds
to produce a great dark
"He simply took a bean that
is developed in T&T---the
Trinitario---and created a
chocolate industry," said
"For this guy to have had no
background history in
agriculture, let alone cocoa
cultivation, to come to Grenada
and create such a great
product, it simply meant he
saw something, even when the
people of the region saw
She said in addition to being
the head of such a great
company, he was also
responsible for bringing
attention to the condition of
the cocoa industry and cocoa
"The norm was not to treat
well. We would not even be
discussing the issue of child
labour in the cocoa industry in
West Africa, had it not been for
Green and the expose on the
way he treated his workers,"
She said Green also proved
you could create an incredibly
high-end product with little
technology and without
hurting the environment.
Ganeshram said she hoped
the company did not die along
On a special edition of BBC
Radio 4's The Food Programme
which paid tribute to Green,
Sarah Jane Stanes of the
British Academy of Chocolate
said: "You won't have to have
heard of Mott Green or even
tasted his chocolate to find
this story fascinating because
it will take us into lush cocoa
plantations and inside fragrant
fermentation rooms, but most
of all it's a life story that serves
as a reminder how amazing, or
sometimes complicated but
mostly delicious an obsession
Green saw something, even when the
people of the region saw nothing
Mott Green's chocolate
is exported to countries
around the world.
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