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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
Doing housework, DIY or gardening
may contribute less to how lean and
fit we are than many of us think, a
new study says.
The research, published in the journal
BMC Public Health, found that people
who considered domestic chores as
part of their time spent in moderate to
vigorous physical activity tended to
weigh more than those who spent the
same amount of time doing other forms
Two and a half hours
The UK Department of Health rec-
ommends that adults spend 150 min-
utes in moderate to vigorous physical
activity a week.
The research team led by the Uni-
versity of Ulster looked at activity levels
among 4,563 adults in Northern Ireland.
Data was collected through face-to-
face interviews using a computer pro-
When questioned about their activity
levels, 42.7 per cent of the population
claimed to meet or exceed these guide-
lines. In this group domestic physical
activity accounted for between 11 per
cent and 73 per cent of their reported
moderate to vigorous physical activity,
and the proportion was higher among
women (34.9 per cent) than men (19.8
related to leanness'
Prof Marie Murphy who led this
study comments in a statement:
"Housework is physical activity and
any physical activity should theoretically
increase the amount of calories expend-
ed. But we found that housework was
inversely related to leanness which sug-
gests that either people are overesti-
mating the amount of moderate inten-
sity physical activity they do through
housework, or are eating too much to
compensate for the amount of activity
Another explanation is that people
who were more overweight may have
told researchers that domestic activities
were more arduous than their leaner
Murphy adds: "When talking to peo-
ple about the amount of physical activ-
ity they need to stay healthy, it needs
to be made clear that housework may
not be intense enough to contribute to
the weekly target and that other more
intense activities also need to be includ-
ed each week."
Try a brisk walk---heart experts
Commenting on the paper, Chris
Allen, senior cardiac nurse at the British
Heart Foundation, says in a statement:
"This survey suggests some of us may
be overestimating how much physical
activity we do by counting our house-
work as exercise.
"We should all aim for at least 150
minutes of moderate intensity activity
each week. Your exercise should make
you breathe harder, feel warmer and
make your heart beat faster than usual.
So, unless your household chores tick
all these boxes, they won t count.
"If you re daunted by the prospect
of a 150 minute target, think of it in
ten minute chunks. It doesn t neces-
sarily mean forking out for a gym mem-
bership either---try a brisk walk on your
lunch break or make a resolution to
take the stairs rather than the lift each
(WebMD UK Health News)
The UK Department of Health recommends that adults spend 150 minutes in moderate to vigorous physical
activity a week.
Your exercise should make you breathe harder, feel warmer and make your heart
beat faster than usual. So, unless your household chores tick all these boxes,
they won't count.
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