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Before a hurricane:
Know the location of the nearest emergency shelter in your area.
Trim the trees in your yard,so limbs won't fly around during a
If you have hurricane shutters, inspect them now and repair dam-
Know the location of the main electrical breaker and the gas and
water valves in your home.
Make a list of the items in and around your yard to bring in or tie
down when a tropical storm or hurricane approaches. For exam-
ple: TV antenna, plants, garbage cans and yard furniture.
Check your insurance policy for coverage on wind and flood dam-
age, especially if you're in a low-lying area.
Keep a portable radio, flashlight (both with extra batteries),
emergency supplies, first aid kit, canned food and bottled water
on hand throughout the hurricane season.
Keep yourself updated as to the weather conditions and the pos-
sibilities of severe weather.
Have your emergency numbers at hand and in a convenient loca-
Designate an interior room with no windows or external doors as
a "Safe Room."
Determine escape routes and places to meet if separated.
Have an out-of-the-area-friend as a family contact so all have a
single point of contact and someone knows where you are.
Make a plan for your pets if you need to evacuate.
Take First Aid and CPR Classes. Your Red Cross can provide you
with the same.
When a hurricane approaches:
A hurricane watch is given when the hurricane is possible within
When a hurricane is 24 hours away, a hurricane warning is issued.
Hurricane landfall is imminent.
When a hurricane warning is issued, you should board up your
windows and doors, bring in loose items from outside, shut off
electrical, gas and water hook-ups and seek safe shelter.
During a hurricane:
Stay away from windows and stay inside if you are not told to
Beware that the centre of a hurricane, or the eye, can be very
calm and deceptive. When the eye passes, the storm is not over.
Stay inside because the fury of the winds will return, this time
from the opposite direction.
Remain in your safe location until the storm has passed com-
pletely and the all clear has been given.
Are you ready for ahurricane?
Source: The T&T Red Cross Society
As we brace for the unpredictability of
the hurricane season, it is important
to be prepared. Here are some simple
steps to help protect your family from
a storm or hurricane.
T&T Red Cross Society
Tis the season for loud
music, plenty talk and
big money spending.
Not Christmas. Or Carnival.
T&T s next favourite pastime,
election season, is now bombard-
ing the atmosphere with the slo-
gans of the leading contenders in
the October 21 local government
PNM s You Must believe new
uptempo tune conveys its aim to
convince the electorate of its
improved status, as well as offer-
PP s legend that "They Talk, We
Deliver" promotes the Govern-
ment s achievements. And ILP s
boast that everybody "...Gone
Green" testifies to its status as
party du jour and the latest polit-
Whether Mr and Mrs T&T
makes political choices in the same
way they would a handbag or
footwear (designer rips off or not)
remains to be seen.
Recent campaign launches by
PNM, ILP and the PP didn t
appear challenged by the number
of election activities T&T has had
since January, with the Tobago
polls and Chaguanas West s July
exercise. Interest is keen, perhaps
due to the preceding elections and
the fight for political survival, all
likely to make this local govern-
ment poll unlike others.
It s also the era of TV production
campaigning and boom camera
portrayals of strategically-placed
crowds which helped the PP in
2010 and recently aided the ILP s
Post-nomination, a PNM can-
didate has dropped out, an ILP
contestant is before the courts and
the PP has defended queries about
Last Sunday, PNM s Woodford
Square launch was different to its
2010 local government launch,
when a diminished party unsuc-
cessfully attempted battle with a
general election-successful PP.
For its 2013 fight, boom cameras
shots worked effectively for PNM s
launch in the wide venue. Sup-
porters rode a wave of reinvigo-
ration after PNM s Tobago victory,
PP s C/West defeat and ILP s
emergence---and the implications
of those developments for the
PNM---enough for chairman
Franklin Khan to boast of other
Whether or not voters "believe"
Rowley s PNM (as the new signa-
ture tune says they must), PNM
projections so far are PNM will
take nine of the 14 regional cor-
Boom camera shots didn t work
as effectively for Monday s PP
launch in the tight layout of Harris
Promenade. The ruling PP, evi-
denced by Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar s vigorous warn-
ings, is fighting to stave off loss
of seats---Chaguanas, Sangre
Grande, etc---in its current 11-seat
shareholding to the PNM and ILP.
PP estimates, so far, ILP s presence
could mean loss of half its seats.
Persad-Bissessar s claim of a
Jack Warner/Keith Rowley "con-
spiracy" to bring down the Gov-
ernment was designed to play as
much to PNMites who oppose
Warner, as to PP members want-
ing to leave PP and those in ILP
wishing to return. It also remains
to be seen what fallout will result
from Errol Mcleod s disclosure
that Rowley once sought his help
against ex-PNM leader Patrick
That the PM s "shots" hit home
was evidenced by subsequent
heavy defences from both men.
Rowley on Wednesday tossed it
back with the brunt of reply,
focusing on the PM s defence of
Warner while in Government and
distancing PNM from ILP.
Warner on Thursday hit the
PNM first, before slamming the
PP. "If the PNM is bad in the best
of times, this cabal-led PP is
worse," Warner said.
While Persad-Bissessar appeared
subdued on Monday, while Crazy
sang of PP s achievements, Warner
was happily dancing onstage at
the end of Thursday s meeting.
ILP supporters at the San Juan
meeting appeared mainly a "grass-
roots" crowd, indicating how much
some levels feel the need for
"Uncle Jack"---his signature tune---
because of some deficiency with
PP or PNM.
ILP s claim of picking up under-
50s from the PNM (and PP) has
been countered by PNM s recent-
ly-formed Heliconia unit for the
If ILP makes nationwide inroads
on October 21, it will establish the
party for November s St Joseph
by-election. While the local gov-
ernment proportional represen-
tation formula will yield a partic-
ular view of party support, the
by-election will establish fully how
much work parties have to do.
And how much they may have
to change their respective political
YOU MUST BELIEVE...THEY
TALK, WE DELIVER...GREEN!'
Born and bred in Trinidad, I left in 1972
to better myself in a nursing career. I re-
turned regularly to visit my family.
I had no problems in the past using a
certain bank in Chaguanas to cash my
sterling travellers cheques. However, on
August 26, I was very disappointed with
the service provided.
As I entered the bank I asked at the
desk where to go to cash travellers
cheques. I was shown a queue which I
joined, looking at the sign above which
confirmed different transactions, includ-
ing travellers cheques.
l waited in this queue for almost two
hours and finally, when I got to the
cashier, I was told that the bank did not
cash sterling travellers cheques. I replied
that I had cashed cheques at this bank
before. The cashier said that the bank
stopped cashing sterling travellers
cheques about two years ago.
I pointed to the sign and said there
was nothing written to indicate this. Had
the sign indicated "with the exception of
sterling travellers cheques" I wouldn't
have wasted my time standing in the line
for almost two hours.
I felt really frustrated with the service
this bank provided. As I stood in the line, I
watched old people joining who were
frail and who had to stand in line for two
hours or more, as no seats were provided
for them. I saw them leaving as they
were getting tired.
The cashiers were not friendly, as they
served their customers with not as much
as a smile. A little smile goes a long way.
They appeared as if they were not enjoy-
ing their jobs and as if the customers
were a burden.
I would like to point out the difference
at another bank which cashed my trav-
The staff were really friendly and
made their customers feel so welcome. I
would suggest the staff at the first bank
should take a leaf out of their book.
No sterling service at
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