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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
Saying some help was forthcoming,
he added that St Lucia would be
receiving about $7.2 million from the
Bolivarian Alliance for the People of
Our America (Alba). But that money
was already earmarked to repair
bridges destroyed by Hurricane Tomas.
"Tomas occurred three years ago
and we are still grappling with reha-
bilitation, trying to rebuild our infra-
structure---and then this comes along,
adding to the problems," Anthony said.
He maintained the problem was not
about technical expertise but finance.
Water supply polluted
St Lucia depends on its forest for
most of its water supply, but this has
been polluted to some extent owing
to heavy and persistent landslides.
"We now have the task of slowly
getting access to these water intakes,"
Forty per cent of the island has
already had its water supply restored,
and it is expected that by today most
communities will have water.
The problem, he added, would be
"As the water is going to be brown,
and perhaps the smell and look---most
households are not going to want to
use that water for drinking purposes
even if it is boiled.
"So it is vital we provide them with
water, and that is why the water supply
from T&T has been exceedingly help-
ful, because we have been able to pro-
vide water to these distressed com-
munities throughout the length and
breadth of the island," Anthony said.
He was still concerned, however,
saying if people did not have access
to clean water that could lead to anx-
iety and "all kinds of issues."
In the face of crisis, the people of
St Lucia united to piece together their
country. They came out to clean roads,
repair infrastructure and distribute
clothing to the needy, earning them
praise from their prime minister.
"There have been some really
remarkable stories of persons who
have forgotten everything else to come
and render assistance," Anthony said.
Psychologically, however, St Lucians
are still affected.
Because the devastation came rel-
atively soon after the destruction
caused by Tomas, Anthony said: "Psy-
chologically I suspect our citizens
would be saying. When would all this
be over? and one has to bear in mind
we have had other minor floods even
"It was a relatively peaceful hurri-
cane season. It ended on November
30 but no one expected this and per-
haps there is a lesson in this too, that
when meteorologists talk about a
trough, perhaps they need to explain
this a bit more."
A stone s throw away from the air-
port, in a technical vocational school
transformed into a shelter, distraught
families anxiously greeted T&T s
media, telling their tales of woe.
"In five minutes all my home flood-
ed. All I could do is just grab my son
and walk through the water down the
road, just watching everything. The
water reach up to my stomach," said
Bruceville resident Edmund Hunt, who
towers over six feet.
Describing the disaster as worse
than the one left behind by Tomas he
added: "In all my life I never saw this.
Nobody never talk about this weather.
The news never gave any information
about this bad weather."
On small wooden benches, mothers
comforted children, most not knowing
when they would return to school.
"I have all my seven kids and ten
grand (children) with me in the shelter.
I lost everything.
"You think about clothes. All we
have is the clothes on our back," said
St Lucia PM Kenny Anthony:
From Page A4
St Lucia Prime Minister Kenny Anthony walks through an area in Vieux-Fort
South (his constituency) during his first visit to the area on Friday.
PHOTO COURTESY PRESS SECRETARY TO THE PRIME MINISTER, ST LUCIA
An airport worker
transports a shipment of
water after it arrived
from Trinidad to the
Airport, Vieux Fort, St
Lucia, on Friday evening.
PHOTO: MARY ANN
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