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Contact the Red Cross: Headquarters - 627-8215/8128, Northern branch - 627-8214, Southern branch - 652-2024, Tobago branch - 639-2781
Create an Emergency Plan:
Meet with household members to discuss how to respond to each disas-
ter that could occur.
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.
Pick one out-of-the-area-relative and one local friend or relative for fami-
ly members to call or meet at if separated by a disaster.
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
Take a basic First Aid course and CPR class.
Make a list of valuables. Keep family records in a waterproof and fire-
Prepare a disaster supply list:
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape
- Canned goods, non-perishable foods and a non-electric can open-
- Drinking water
- Any special dietary food if required
- Identification, cash, valuable papers, insurance policies and pho-
- 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 solution, 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 bat-
teries), 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 extinguisher, maps, shovel, tyre
repair kit and pump and flares.
Are you ready for anatural disaster?
Source: The T&T Red Cross Society
Natural dsasters can
strike anytime, any-
where. There are simple
steps you can take to
help protect your family
from a natural disaster.
T&T Red Cross Society
This is the conversation that used to
take place at kitchen sinks, dining tables
and over fences in upwardly mobile
neighbourhoods throughout Trinidad:
"I going in the country this weekend
to see if I get a girl.
"What happen to Seeta?
"She gone. You know them. As soon
as they get accustom, they does run
"You does treat them too good, yes.
I tell mine plain---I don t have no money
right now, she have to live like a family.
Room and board.
"Well, I could borrow your Guyanese
for the weekend?"
Back when Trinidad was turning into
an uppity, self-absorbed boom town, a
live-in maid was a status symbol. A half-
day maid would also put some shine on
As more wives and mothers began to
move into the workforce, they certainly
needed help at home, and the source of
this household labour for upwardly
mobile urban families was some docile
teenager or young, impoverished woman
from the villages of Penal, Oropouche
or Behind God s Back.
When that source began to dry up,
immigrants (often illegal) from Guyana,
St Vincent, and Grenada made up the
shortfall. Some of these young women
were lucky and found really nice Madams
(not the bordello kind) who enrolled
their maids in secretarial classes, "adopt-
ed" their children, gave Christmas pres-
ents, and paid for their medical care.
Other employers were no better than
slavers---their maids lived in servitude;
were sexually harassed; and were rented
out to Madam s friends to clean win-
dows, polish floors, muck out bathrooms
and bathe the yapping pompeks, which
had also become an appendage of the
Back then, we called this state of affairs
Just the Way Things Are. Now, we call
it human trafficking. The law is catching
up with real life.
I was mulling over all this when I read
the news that several men were arrested
last week for human trafficking and two
in Tobago have been charged for import-
ing foreign women to force them to work
As Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews, the
director of the Counter Trafficking Unit,
said on TV two Sundays ago, human
trafficking is also domestic servitude,
forcing someone to provide labour or
services, whether the victim is a foreign
national or a local.
Traffickers everywhere have similar
patterns: they lure desperate women
with promises of jobs as waitresses, bar-
tenders, babysitters, models and enter-
tainers. Some use romantic ploys, pro-
fessing undying love for their pigeons,
promising to marry them, only to pimp
them out to every creep who can pay
Once the women arrive, they are beat-
en, placed under guard, their passports
are seized, and they are forced to do
things they never dreamed of.
Often, the women cannot speak the
language; they have no money; and even
if they can escape, who is going to walk
into a police station and endure the stares
and sniggers when she announces:
"Hello, I have been working against my
will as a prostitute in the dens of iniquity
Hispanic women in and around recre-
ational clubs and bars have been a feature
of local nightlife for decades. I used to
shrug and figure they were "working
girls" who were making a better living
here than there.
I wonder now, how many of them
were trafficking victims.
Unthinkable things happen under our
noses every day.
You can help: don t look the other
way; get informed; spread the word;
motivate others; lobby politicians, police,
customs and immigration departments
to be vigilant and weed out the creeps
who facilitate the evil; volunteer to help
victims, at shelters, hotlines, safe houses;
sponsor a family at risk because poverty
makes women and children vulnerable
to traffickers; help them escape.
The law is catching up with real life
Mad Men star Jon Hamm says he's "fine" despite an
upcoming procedure to remove a polyp on his vocal cord.
In an interview last Thursday, a raspy sounding Hamm said
the "simple injury" was from overuse of his voice.
"Because I talk a lot," he added. Besides the polyp, the 42-
year-old actor insisted that he's "healthy as a horse."
Hamm's publicist Erica Gray said he will undergo a routine
outpatient procedure. Up next Hamm stars opposite Daniel
Radcliffe in the miniseries, A Young Doctor's Notebook,
premiering October 2 on Ovation. It is based on a collection
of short stories by Russian playwright Mikhail Bulgakov.
Hamm described the series, which originally aired in the
UK, as "darkly comic," "gory" and "fun." AP PHOTO
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