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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
BP Plc s (BP) bid to block economic-
loss payments tied to the 2010 Gulf of
Mexico oil spill unless the claims can
be directly linked to the disaster won
fast-track consideration by an ap-
The London-based company said
last week that US District Judge Carl
Barbier in New Orleans has ignored
the appellate court s earlier decision
requiring him to review causation in
determining which claims should be
paid. The company asked an appeals
panel for immediate review while
lawyers for spill victims sought a
BP s request for expedited consider-
ation was granted in an order issued
yesterday by US Circuit Judge Edith
Brown Clement in New Orleans. She
directed spill victims to respond to
BP s motion by January 8 and both
sides to file letters that day on the
causation issue. (Bloomberg)
Any compensation for fish-
erfolk and other groups affected
by the oil spill would come after
the full investigation is complete,
said Food Production Minister
"Before we arrive at a conclu-
sion, the matter has to be inves-
tigated. We cannot respond emo-
tively. Only a month ago,
fishermen in the area were com-
plaining of low catches, now they
are compensated $2,000 a day.
"Compensation is not the nor-
mal practice at the ministry if
you do not catch fish. This is an
extraordinary event. If, on one
hand, you were not catching
because of seismic surveys, which
was the allegation at that point
in time, how is it now you could
be asking for compensation when
you were not catching?" he asked.
Maharaj spoke at yesterday s
media appreciation function at
the Orientation Centre, Botanic
Gardens, Queen s Park Savannah,
At a press conference on Tues-
day, acting Prime Minister Errol
Mcleod announced that tempo-
rary housing would be provided
for La Brea residents affected by
an oil spill, which happened in
December, and promised com-
pensation for fisherfolk from
Granville to Fullerton.
Maharaj said it would be "irre-
sponsible" of him to put a time-
frame on when the investigation,
headed by the Ministry of Energy,
will be completed.
"The Ministry of Food Pro-
duction is part of a team, headed
by the Ministry of Energy as well
as other ministries, like the Min-
istry of the Environment and
other state agencies, such as
Petrotrin. We are going through
the process of evaluation and it
is not something to be rushed."
He said he had no opportunity
to visit the affected area, but other
stakeholders were hard at work.
"I have spoken to the fisher-
men, but I have not gone down.
The committee has to follow a
process. They must be guided by
a set of criteria in which to arrive
at a conclusion. If they deviate
from that, any other decision
would be arbitrary and capri-
cious," he said.
He said the Ministry of Food
Production was not viewed as
important as other ministries.
"Many people do not view this
ministry as they view the sexier
ministries. They would focus on
Ministry of Energy because of the
oil spill or the price of oil. Then
they view the Ministry of Finance
as important or the Ministry of
Security. The Ministry of Food
Production is deemed by the
opinion makers as less worthy of
attention, so we have to struggle
for attention," he said.
He said the agriculture sector
has had four consecutive quarters
"The ministry has also been
able to reduce food inflation to
single digits. In 2010, food infla-
tion stood at 29 per cent. In Octo-
ber last year, it was three per cent.
At the end of 2013, the agriculture
sector expanded by 5.1 per cent
over the previous year."
Devant: Oil spill to be probed
before compensation payouts
BP wins expedited appeal of bid to stop spill payments
In this October 30, 2013, file photo, people hold signs during a rally against
hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, or fracking, in Albany, New York. As another
year closes with a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York
and no timetable for Governor Andrew Cuomo to decide whether to lift it, drilling
interests have all but given up on the state for the near future. AP PHOTO
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