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Before the flood:
Keep a portable radio, flashlight, emergency supplies and a
first aid kit on hand.
Monitor the radio for weather updates and evacuate immedi-
ately 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.
During the flood:
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 waterways can have deadly
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 a bus.
After a flood:
Clean and dry everything water-soaked.
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.
Have your electrical wiring checked before turning on the
Purify water before using. Use chlorine bleach or water puri-
fying tablets. Boil tap water for ten minutes.
Are you ready for aflood?
Source: The T&T Red Cross Society
Floods are the leading cause of disaster-related death
in the Caribbean, but since most can be forecasted,
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.
T&T Red Cross Society
A Utah beauty queen
accused along with three
friends of throwing
homemade bombs in a
Salt Lake City suburb
resigned her Miss River-
ton title on Tuesday,
according to a statement
posted on the city's web-
In the statement, city
officials said they had
been informed by the
director of the Miss
Riverton Pageant that
Kendra Gill, 18, had
resigned her position
effective that day.
Gill, crowned Miss
Riverton in June, and
three other 18-year-olds
were arrested earlier this
month following a bomb-
throwing spree that began
the evening of August 2
and was aimed at people
and property in Riverton
The bombs were con-
structed from household
chemicals, aluminum foil
and plastic water bottles,
arrest records show.
When questioned by
police, one of the teens
said he had spent the
evening " pranking' with
fireworks with friends,"
according to booking
They were charged on
Friday with four counts
each of felony bomb pos-
session, the Salt Lake
Gill's attorney, Walter
Bugden, could not be
reached for comment
Tuesday and officials
with the Miss Utah
Scholarship Pageant did
not respond to a request
for comment. (Reuters)
A surge in gang violence has
prompted education officials in
South Africa's Western Cape
Province to close 16 schools for two
At least 50 people are reported to
have been wounded or killed after
being shot in areas of Cape Town's
Manenberg suburb in recent weeks.
Provincial Premier Helen Zille has
asked the national government to send
in the army to help overwhelmed
A caretaker at one of the schools
died after being shot a number of
A stray bullet from gang violence
hit a primary school at about that
time as well.
The decision to close the schools
was made after teachers said they fear
for their safety, Western Cape Province
Education Ministry spokeswoman
Bronagh Casey told the Associated
Press news agency.
Aysha Ismail, mother of one of the
victims, called for a greater police
presence in Manenberg, to try to bring
down the levels of violence.
Ismail said her son was shot in an
area where children play every day.
Fellow members said he was a part
of the gang called the Americans.
A family member holds a photo showing Josef Hector, right, who was shot dead
in the township of Manenberg on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa,
yesterday. Education officials in a province in South Africa closed 16 schools,
affecting 12,000 students, yesterday in an impoverished area near Cape Town
because of a spike in gang violence that has left teachers too afraid to go to
work. Underscoring the level of violence, one man who was identified by fellow
members as belonging to a gang called the Americans was shot dead yesteray in
an area in Manenberg where many children play. AP PHOTO
South Africa gang violence
shuts Cape Town schools
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