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Better be ready
Are you ready for ahurricane?
HURRICANE SAFETY TIPS
Source: The T&T Red Cross Society
Before a hurricane:
The hurricane season lasts from June through
November, with August and September being
the peak months.
Know the location of the nearest emergency
shelter in your area.
Trim the trees in your yard, especially those
near your home, so limbs won't fly around
during a storm.
If you have hurricane shutters, inspect them
now and repair damaged ones. Know how to
install them, and if you will be boarding up
your windows, have the wood and tools ready.
Know the location of the main electrical
breaker and the gas and water valves in your
home. Have a clear path to easily access them
to shut them off when a hurricane approach-
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 example:
TV antenna, plants, garbage cans and yard fur-
Check your insurance policy for coverage on
wind and flood damage, 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 con-
ditions and the possibilities of severe weather.
Have your emergency numbers at hand and in
a convenient location.
Designate an interior room with no windows
or external doors as a "Safe Room." Work
with your local professionals in the design of
Discuss the types of potential hazards with
your family and know your community's and
Determine escape routes and places to meet if
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 evac-
Take First Aid and CPR classes. Your Red Cross
can help you.
Stay away from windows and stay inside if you
are not told to evacuate.
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 completely and the all clear has
During a hurricane:
A HURRICANE WATCH is given when the hurri-
cane is possible within 36 hours.
When a hurricane watch is issued, you should
monitor news reports closely for more infor-
Continue your preparation activities and be
prepared to evacuate immediately when
instructed to do so.
When a hurricane is 24 hours away, a HURRI-
CANE WARNING is issued. Hurricane landfall is
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
Contact the Red Cross: Headquarters - 627-8215/8128, Northern branch - 627-8214, Southern branch - 652-2024, Tobago branch - 639-2781
As we brace for the unpredictability
of the hurricane season, it is impor-
tant to be prepared. Here are some
simple steps to help protect your
family from a storm or hurricane.
T&T Red Cross Society
Last week, I dealt with the
sentences. This week, I
would like to look more
deeply at sentence structure and at
dangling modifiers. These are words
or phrases written or said at the
beginning of a sentence, before the
subject is mentioned. You know that
not all sentences start with the sub-
ject, but when the
subject is men-
tioned, it must
from the modifier,
until the subject is
After crying for an
hour, (the dangling
the bottle (the
subject) was given
to the baby.
After crying for an
hour, the baby was
given the bottle.
The modifier (called dangling
because it needs the subject to com-
plete it)---After crying for an hour,
the first word after that must be the
baby (the subject) who was crying,
not the bottle.
Here s an exercise. The first sen-
tence below is done for you. After
that, you read the modifier that leads
to the subject of the sentence, note
it, find the subject and say what the
subject does. The first word after
the modifier must be
1. Going up the stairs, the chan-
delier hit Mike s head. Incorrect: The
chandelier was not going up the
stairs, Mike was. (the modifier)
hit his head on the chandelier. (Cor-
2. Packed well, you can ship this
television anywhere. (incorrect)
Packed well (modifier to the sub-
3. While building the fence, my
My shirt was not building the
4. While riding the subway, Mark s
hat was stolen.
Mark s hat was not riding the sub-
5. Racing for the door, a computer
was knocked over by a man.
A computer was not racing for the
2. Packed well, this television can
be shipped anywhere.
3. While building the fence, I
ripped my shirt. 4. While riding
the subway, Mark
had his hat stolen.
5. Racing for
the door, a man
knocked over the
Please make up
a subject and
action after the
1. On entering
thinking of the
3. To show that he was not afraid,
4. Dissatisfied with the result of
5. After long and loyal service,
1. the manager did something
2. The soldier did something
3. The boxer...
4. The athlete...
5. Miss Smith...
Now that you know what to do
with dangling modifiers, please cor-
rect the following sentences so that
they make sense. Remember that the
first word after the dangling modifier
is the subject of the sentence.
6. Riding on the bow of the boat,
the waves were crashing over us.
7. Peeping through the window is
a beautiful view of the surrounding
8. Without knowing of the death
of his friend, the funeral date was
9. On entering the room, the light
10. After waiting for some time,
the bus arrived to take the children
You will see some possible answers
to 6--10 next Sunday.
Members of the South West Region Black Diamonds parang group, practice their routine before
competing during the Civilian Conservation Corpse (CCC) Annual Parang Competition at Woodford
Square, Port-of-Spain on Friday. PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
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