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Better be ready
Are you ready for aflood?
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
Floods are the leading cause of
disaster-related death in the
Caribbean, but since most can be
forecast, you should have time to
prepare. Your Red Cross urges you
to get ready. There are simple
steps you can take to help protect
your family from a flood.
Know your area's flood risk. If
unsure, call your Red Cross or
Emergency Management Agency.
If you are in a risk area, investigate
the feasibility of flood insurance.
Know the location of the main elec-
trical breaker and the gas and water
valves in your home and ensure you
have a clear path to easily access
them so that you can shut them off
When a Flood
Warning is issued:
Monitor the radio for weather
updates and evacuate immediately if
you are told to do so.
Move your furniture and valuables to
higher floors of your home or place
them high if possible.
Bring in all loose items from outside,
like garbage cans and yard furniture
for safe keeping.
Turn off the main electrical switch
and other utilities.
Place important documents and
valuables in plastic and store them
in a safe place.
Flood water dangers:
Do not walk through flowing water.
Just six inches of moving water can
knock you off your feet.
Never attempt to cross a swollen
stream, river or gully by foot or
vehicle. The force of these water-
ways can have deadly consequences.
If your vehicle stalls in rising water,
abandon it immediately and climb to
higher ground. A mere two feet of
water can float a large vehicle, even
After a flood:
Clean and dry everything water-
soaked. Flood waters can pick up
sewerage and chemicals from roads,
farms and factories. Spoiled food
and flooded medicines are health
hazards. When in doubt, throw them
Check appliances and motors for
damage and do not use them until
they have been cleaned and dried.
Watch out for wild animals. Snakes
and centipedes that have been
flooded out of their homes may seek
shelter in yours. Use a pole or a
stick to poke and turn items over
and scare them away.
If your home was seriously affected
by the floods and you suspect your
electrical wiring may have been
damaged, have it checked by a quali-
fied person before turning on the
main electrical switch.
Punch holes in all containers left
outside to prevent water from set-
tling and these from becoming
breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Purify water before using. Use chlo-
rine bleach or water purifying
tablets. Boil tap water for ten min-
T&T Red Cross Society
says her crime-writing
alter ego Robert Gal-
braith had respectable
sales and two TV adap-
tation offers before he
was exposed as a pseu-
donym for the Harry
Potter novelist, and she
wishes she could have
kept her identity secret
a little longer.
Rowling said yesterday
that "Robert was doing
rather better than we had
expected him to," selling
8,500 copies in print,
audiobook and e-book
formats of thriller The
Cuckoo s Calling, which
was published in April.
Writing on Galbraith s
author Web site, Rowling
said "Robert was doing
rather better than we had
expected him to."
"At the point I was
outed , Robert had sold
copies across all formats
...and received two offers
from television produc-
tion companies," she
The Cuckoo s Calling
was published to good
reviews as the fiction
debut of a former military
man working in the civil-
ian security industry. But
a newspaper revealed ear-
lier this month that Rowl-
ing had written the book
under a pseudonym.
Since then it has
topped best-seller lists,
with publisher Little,
Brown and Company
printing hundreds of
thousands of new copies.
There was speculation
that Rowling or her pub-
lisher had leaked the news
to boost sales, but last
week a law firm that has
done work for Rowling
admitted that one if its
partners had let the infor-
mation slip to his wife s
best friend, who tweeted
it to a Sunday Times
"If anyone had seen the
labyrinthine plans I laid
to conceal my identity (or
indeed my expression
when I realised that the
game was up), they would
realise how little I wanted
to be discovered," Rowling
She said she took a
pen-name because "I was
yearning to go back to the
beginning of a writing
career in this new genre,
to work without hype or
expectation and to receive
totally unvarnished feed-
Devout Muslims pray
after breaking their
fast during the holy
month of Ramadan at
the Jama Mosque in
New Delhi, India,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
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