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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
Natural disasters can strike anytime, anywhere.
There are simple steps you can take to help
protect your family from a natural disaster.
Call your Emergency Management Office and the
Red Cross for further details.
Find out which disasters could occur in your area
and how to prepare.
Ask how you would be warned of an emergency.
Learn your communities' evacuation routes.
Ask where your nearest emergency shelters are
Ask about any special assistance for the elderly or
Ask about the plans in place at work, schools or
day care centres as well.
Create an Emergency Plan:
Meet with household members. Discuss with chil-
dren the dangers of fire, severe weather, earth-
quakes and other emergencies.
Discuss how to respond to each disaster that
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.
Learn how to turn off your water, gas and electric-
ity at the main switches.
Discuss what to do about power outages and per-
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
National Gas - 800-4427
Nearest health facility
Teach children how and when to call 999, Police and
Fire Services and how to make long distance calls.
Instruct household members to turn to the radio
for emergency information.
Pick one out-of-the-area-relative and one local
friend or relative for family members to call or
meet at if separated by a disaster.
Take a basic First Aid course and CPR class.
Make a list of valuables. Keep family records in a
waterproof and fireproof container.
Prepare a disaster supply list:
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape
- Canned goods, non-perishable foods and a
non-electric can opener
- Drinking water
- Any special dietary food if required
- Identification, cash, valuable papers,
insurance policies and photos
- 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 solu-
tion, 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 batteries), 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 extin-
guisher, maps, shovel, tyre repair kit and
pump and flares.
T&T Red Cross Society
SOCHI---The puck skittered the
length of the ice on its way toward
the empty Canadian net before clang-
ing off the post and stopping in front
of the crease.
It was---for a few more seconds, at
least---still a one-goal game.
Then Marie-Philip Poulin scored with
54.6 seconds left in regulation, com-
pleting Canada s comeback from a two-
goal deficit and sending the game into
overtime. Once there, she added the
gold medal-winning goal to beat the
United States 3-2---the fourth consec-
utive Olympic women s hockey title
for the sport s birthplace.
"I think it always gets better, for
sure," Poulin, who also scored twice in
the Vancouver final four years ago, said
yesterday with her second gold medal
draped around her neck.
Shannon Szabados made 27 saves
for Canada, which has won 20 straight
Olympic games since the Nagano final
in 1998. That was the only gold medal
for the United States, which lost in the
Olympic final to Canada in all three
tries since then and earned a bronze
Meghan Duggan and Alex Carpenter
scored for the Americans. Jesse Vetter
made 28 saves, shutting the powerful
Canadians down for 56 minutes, 34
seconds before Brianne Jenner knocked
a seemingly harmless shot off a defend-
er s knee and into the net.
With Szabados pulled for an extra
skater, US forward Kelli Stack sent a
clearing shot down the ice, missing a
potential game-clinching empty-net
goal by inches.
Even after insisting her confidence
never wavered, Canada defenceman
Jocelyne Larocque s eyes grew wide
when asked about the near clincher.
Stack said she could see the puck
had the wrong angle, but she didn t
worry because the US still had a 2-1
lead with just over a minute to play.
About 30 seconds later, with the
goalie still off, Poulin tied it and sent
the game into overtime.
After six tense minutes of the extra
period, the US picked up a power play
when Catherine Ward was sent off for
cross-checking. But five seconds later,
Jocelyne Lamoureux was called for
slashing for swiping at the Szabados
pads after a save.
And during a sloppy player change
by the Americans, five-time Olympian
Hayley Wickenheiser got free on a
breakaway before Hilary Knight caught
her from behind and she went sprawl-
It could have been called a penalty
It could have been no call. (Knight
denied making any contact at all. And,
when asked about the officiating, US
coach Katey Stone issued only a terse,
But Knight was sent to the penalty
box for cross-checking. With the 4-
on-3 advantage, the Canadians worked
the puck around and over to Poulin,
who knocked it into the open net and
set off the celebration on the bench
and among the Maple Leaf-waving
Switzerland beat Sweden earlier for
the bronze medal at the Bolshoy Ice
Dome, where the women moved after
playing the preliminaries at the smaller
Shayba Arena next door. Switzerland
goalie Florence Schelling, who led the
tournament with 253 saves in six games,
was named Most Valuable Player.
Elsewhere, it was a day of firsts.
France swept the podium in the
men s skicross, claiming all three medals
in a Winter Games event for the first
time; Adelina Sotnikova gave Russia its
first Olympic gold in women s figure
skating; Canada won its first gold medal
in women s curling; and Maddie Bow-
man of the US won gold in the debut
of women s halfpipe skiing.
Also, perennial Winter Games power
Norway won the Nordic combined team
competition --- and its games-leading
10th gold medal.
On Day 14 of the Sochi Olympics, a
Ukrainian skier withdrew from com-
petitions in response to the deaths of
dozens of anti-government protesters
in her country.
FIGURE SKATING: The 17-year-old
Sotnikova's victory dropped defending
champion Yuna Kim into second place.
Julia Lipnitskaia, the Russian sensation
with the weight of a nation on her 15-
year-old shoulders, again fell during her
routine and ended up fifth. Carolina
Kostner of Italy took bronze. The
Russians have won three figure skating
gold medals at the Sochi Olympics:
team, pairs and women's. Only the
women's was a surprise.
ICE HOCKEY: Poulin also scored
Canada's tying goal in the final minute
of regulation. Brianne Jenner scored the
other for Canada, which has won 20
straight in the Winter Games since the
Nagano final in 1998. Meghan Duggan
and Alex Carpenter scored for the U.S.
Switzerland beat Sweden for the bronze
FREESTYLE: The 20-year-old
Bowman edged silver-medalist Marie
Martinod of France in ski halfpipe, while
Ayana Onozuka of Japan took the
bronze. Bowman put together a pair of
athletic runs that produced the two
highest scores in the finals. In the men's
skicross, Jean Frederic Chapuis won the
gold to lead the French 1-2-3 finish.
Arnaud Bovolenta won silver and
Jonathan Midol captured bronze.
NORDIC COMBINED: Norway
finished third in the ski jumping and had
to start the 20-kilometer race behind.
But cross-country ski specialist Mangus
Moan made up the deficit on the first
leg and Norway outdueled Germany and
defending champion Austria in the relay.
Germany, which had the lead after the
ski jump, took silver and Austria bronze.
CURLING: Canada's 6-3 gold medal
victory in women's Olympic curling
came at the expense of Sweden, which
had beaten the Canadians for the title in
Vancouver four years ago. Britain won
the bronze by beating Switzerland 6-5.
win breaks string
of firsts in Sochi
Members of Team Canada celebrate after defeating the United States during sudden death overtime
women's hockey final action at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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