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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
It s a tricky balancing act for
Paris fashion designers to express
their individuality and still bear
witness to the trends.
A case in point is Saint Laurent s
Hedi Slimane whose spring-sum-
mer 2014 show---one of the biggest
of Monday s ready-to-wear col-
lections---stuck steadfastly to his
obsession with Rock "n" Roll
styles, showing him impervious
to the current fashion conversa-
Some called it bold, others out
of touch---but most remained baf-
Whatever it may be, it inten-
tionally produced a saleable col-
lection of early 80s sparkling disco
dresses, that will continue to
attract young hipsters and carry
on the house s reportedly buoyant
Elie Saab, too, produced a col-
lection that didn t stray far from
his signature va-va-voom silhou-
ettes and feminine cinched waists
that will please his loyal clientele,
though it packed no great creative
But is being commercial, to the
detriment of the artistic, neces-
sarily a bad thing?
Other shows of the day included
Stella McCartney s beautiful dis-
play that played with undressing
and hinted at nudity, and
Giambattista Valli who, too,
exposed inches of flesh in the leg
There was not much excitement
to be had in Saint Laurent s pres-
entation Slimane moved away
from grunge into his very young-
looking eighties disco ball styles
that riffed on glam rock, with
ultra-tight micro minis, red lip
prints and pink sequins.
The silhouettes were variations
on the French-born designer s pre-
vious collections, with some wear-
able pin striped menswear blazer
jackets---and one great look which
appeared to be a tuxedo jumpsuit.
(None were, however, a patch on
Yves Saint Laurent s "Le smok-
A highly creative assymmetical,
black and white optical dress stood
out midway through the show---
and promised to be the start of
some creative evolutions in the
rest of the collection.
The promise was dashed as the
rather homogenous hipster styles
continued to the end.
Slimane s signature is turning
out to be the skinny pants with
Rockabilly leather jackets and cool,
thrown-on looks that appeal to a
But the big question many fash-
ion editors are asking is: How
many 18-24 year-olds really have
several thousand euros (dollars) to
spend on a jacket or a metallic
Models wear creations by Born French fashion designer Hedi Slimane for St
Laurent ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2014 fashion collection, presented in Paris,
last Monday. AP PHOTO
Saint Laurent, Elie Saab are saleable, predictable
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