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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
The Grenada Government is considering
ways to pay official tribute to the mother
of its late prime minister Maurice Bishop,
Alimenta Bishop. She died last Saturday
at the age of 97.
Her death comes two months before the
30th anniversary of the assassination of
her son, who had deposed former prime
minister Eric Gairy in a bloodless 1979 coup
d etat and was killed during an internal
power struggle with other leaders of the
People s Revolutionary Government (PRG).
His body was never recovered. In a state-
ment yesterday, Prime Minister Dr Keith
Mitchell said Ms Bishop had "always carried
herself with grace even through times of
personal tragedy as she has had to endure
the loss of both her husband (Rupert Bishop)
and son on the national stage."
Rupert Bishop was shot and killed in the
midst of political disturbances in 1974.
Her grandson, Vladimir, who was the
son of Maurice and another assassinated
PRG minister, Jacqueline Creft, was killed
in a nightclub brawl in Canada in 1994.
Prime Minister of St Lucia Dr Kenny
Anthony was the first regional leader to
express regret at the passing of Alimenta
Bishop. "Despite the pain and anguish she
suffered over the years, she continued to
be a model citizen and constantly rallied
for justice and fairness," he said in a state-
Her last high-profile public appearance
was at the 2009 re-dedication of the island s
international airport in the name of her
She was a relative of the recently-
appointed Governor General, Dame Cecile
Her death and preparations for her inter-
ment will be discussed at a meeting of
Grenada s Cabinet this week.
Senior Supt Harold Cumberbatch has died,
reportedly from diabetes complications.
Deputy Police Commissioner Mervyn Richardson
confirmed Cumberbatch s death in a telephone inter-
view on Sunday. Richardson declined to comment
Cumberbatch was last assigned to the Complaints
Division of the Police Service and previously served
in the Mounted and Canine Branch.
Funeral arrangements have not been finalised.
Grenada plans tribute to Bishop's mom
Senior cop dies
A construction worker was killed yesterday
morning while crossing the Western Main Road
outside Goodwood Park.
Sylvester Mitchell, of Cantaro Village, Santa
Cruz, was struck by a vehicle, heading west, around
He was taken to the St James Accident and
Emergency Centre where he was pronounced dead
on arrival. Police said up to late yesterday evening,
the driver remained traumatised and was unable
to give a statement. He will be interviewed later.
Cpl Guy of the Four Roads Police Station is
Man killed crossing road
Members of the Laventille Serenaders in full
flight during the second annual Pan on D Avenue
event at Woodbrook, Port-of-Spain, on Saturday
night. PHOTO: NOEL SALDENHA
SERENADERS IN FULL FLIGHT
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