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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-
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T&T holds on to
World Cup record
For yet another four years or
more, T&T will hold on the record
of being the smallest nation to ever
qualify for a FIFA World Cup
Finals. This after Cape Verde
Islands was suspended from the
final round of qualification in Africa
for fielding an ineligible player
against Tunisia in a qualifier.
Cape Verde---an archipelago of
ten islands in the central Atlantic
Ocean, 350 miles off the coast of
western Africa---defeated Tunisia
2--0 in Rades on Saturday to win
They would have entered the
ten-team playoffs that decides
Africa s five representatives in Brazil
next year but FIFA said its disci-
plinary committee decided that
Fernando Varela should have been
serving a suspension and Cape
Verde were subsequently thrown
out of the playoffs and replaced
Cape Verde has a population of
500,000 and seemed to be in with
a fighting chance of qualifying for
Brazil. Had they done so, they
would have erased T&T s record.
As it stands now, none of the qual-
ified nations nor any of those still
in the running, has a smaller pop-
ulation than T&T.
The Leo Beenhakker coached-
team created history by defeating
Bahrain 1--0 on November 15,
2005, to achieve the feat of being
the smallest country to qualify and
then play in a World Cup Finals.
Shaun Fuentes is the director of
communications for the TTFA --
Cape Verde out of World Cup
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