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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
We have had a year of elections.
Has democracy gotten any better?
Our democracy, adapted from the
British system, was on display this
year for the world to see via social
media. The level of propaganda
from all sides sank to an all-time
The racial overtone so blatant in
our politics must end, if we are
going to develop and compete with
the rest of the world. We must
accept that racism is alive here and
we must work together to eliminate
it.Our country is divided: North vs
South, urban vs rural, Black vs
Indian. Is this the legacy we want
to leave for our children? If so, this
generation may be creating the
conditions that can erupt into vio-
lence and civil war.
Crime, illegal drugs, and guns are
already present. Our politicians
have done an excellent job at radi-
calising the population into ethnic
camps. What will be next, ethnic
We should celebrate our multicul-
turalism and extract the good val-
ues we hold in common.
Our ancestors, survivors of slav-
ery and indentured servitude, gave
us a spirit of perseverance, despite
harsh treatment and marginalisa-
tion. Let us not forget minority
populations from Syria, China and
elsewhere who contributed to shap-
ing our national identity.
Our ancestors whose bodies are
buried in the ground and whose
ashes are scattered upon our sacred
shores are crying out for a unified
T&T. Our love for our nation must
be greater than our love for political
parties. Our children will inherit
this nation and for the sake of pos-
terity, let us create and leave a
legacy of unity, peace and love.
Forty-nine years from now we
will celebrate 100 years of inde-
pendence. How will these years be
different, even as we approach 2020
in a few short years?
We need to examine ourselves
and stop allowing our mouths to
blight our country.
We need to raise the standard
and quality of living for those on
the margins of our society.
We need to continue to educate
ourselves so we can lead our nation
Let us keep hope alive.
Let our lights continue to burn
bright, and dispel the darkness
from our land.
Let the healing begin and let old
wounds never be opened again.
TT Council for National Unity
KEEP THE LIGHT OF HOPE
ALIVE: FIGHT RACISM,
The recent mediation undertaken
by the three parties involved in the
Percussive Harmonic Instrument
(PHI) pan is indeed a groundbreak-
ing and precedent-setting develop-
ment. The three parties, namely the
Attorney General acting on behalf
of the State, the University of the
West Indies and the researchers,
Prof Brian Copeland et al, used me-
diation to reach a historic agree-
ment that could serve as the future
model for the commercialisation of
Coming out of the mediation,
each party will be granted an equal
share of the proceeds that results
from the commercialisation of the
PHI pan, which can only be de-
scribed as a win-win-win for all
Mediation has proven that the in-
novative process could be working
in T&T, and has shown how invest-
ment in research could be profitable
for all parties.
The State provided the invest-
ment to undertake this research, to
the tune of $12 million. The re-
searchers (Prof Copeland et al)
were the only ones (before the me-
diation agreement) who stood to
benefit from the State's invest-
ment, as they had full title to the
patent. This was quite unfortunate,
since this model could have stifled
future State investment in research
and the innovative process; taxpay-
ers' funds were being used to bene-
fit a select few. State withdrawal
from research funding would have
undermined a strong and vibrant re-
search and development sector, so
essential to diversifying the econ-
This model for commercialisation
of research and development brings
to mind the Fraunhofer-
Gesellschaft Institute in Germany,
which is one of the many research
organisations that contributes to
the strong German reputation for
innovation and technical excellence.
They use similar arrangements to
ensure win-win relationships for pri-
vate and public enterprises requir-
Fulbright Scholar in Economics
Harvard Business School Program for
Leadership Development Graduate
A win for all: good mediation on PHI pan
I would like to thank our outgoing
mayor for a job well done.
He is a people's mayor, not aloof or
haughty like some of his predecessors.
He is the best mayor we have had for
the past 50-plus years. Among his
achievements is the fact that I have
never seen Harris Promenade and High
Street so clean in all my life. Congratula-
tions, mayor Muradali for an excellent
job. I am really sorry to see you go.
I hope that your successor will take a
page from your book and continue the
good work you have started.
Thank you, mayor Muradali
LENDING A HELPING HAND
Brownie Girl Guides,
from left, Gabrielle
Nanan, Kristen Low
and Jada Cummings
assist with milk
cartons at Hi Lo,
during this country's
first Milk-a-thon. The
Milk-a-thon is a
project organised by
the Foundation for
the Enhancement and
Enrichment of Life
(Feel). The project
aims to distribute
7,000 cartons of milk
to more than 50
children's homes. Feel
provides support to
close to 200 civil
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