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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
Perhaps those of us who view Chaguanas as a po-
tential capital city need to face a few facts. Who goes
to Chaguanas apart from passing through on the way
elsewhere? How many people leave Port-of-Spain to
have dinner, lime and generally chill out in Chaguanas
on a weekday after working hours? Is Chaguanas free
of parking problems? Does Chaguanas even "look" like
a proper city? Does Chaguanas supply recreational fa-
cilities better than Trincity Mall and Valpark and the
truly enviable large shopping malls and eateries in
Will relocating a few government ministries make a
difference to the level of service that will be on offer in
Chaguanas? This move will only facilitate a smaller
number of people scattered about the country. The
numbers of people "discommoded" as we say in local
parlance, will be a few thousands more than those liv-
ing in the deep south, simply because more people live
in the northern part of the island.
Is central Chaguanas any cleaner than Port-of-
Spain? Just because there is a spanking new Town
Hall doth it a city make? There is no area that offers
the truly enviable mix of entertainment that is nightly
on offer on Tragarete Road, St James and Ariapita
Avenue. Town people may be forced to travel to Ch-
aguanas to work if their places of employment are
forcibly removed to Chaguanas, but they will not be
hanging out in Chaguanas. Home is in and around the
long-established capital city.
Chaguanas, for those of us who were not born in
Central, is just a collection of hardware and clothing
shops that may or may not be cheaper in than in Port-
Chaguanas is ostensibly a semi-rural part of T&T.
The four and five star hotels are located in main Port-
of-spain and environs. Tourists seldom have the time
to go to Chaguanas unless they have a specific reason
to be there. And not forgetting that Chaguanas people
keep a much tighter rein on their children, and those
who are allowed out after dark will as usual head
straight into Port-of-Spain.
Is the message quite clear? It will be a ruinously ex-
pensive idea to relocate ministries which some will
say, is just another ploy to rent buildings owned by the
party faithful and contractor friends of the sitting gov-
ernment. The only unasked question that is of rele-
vance and has to be considered is: is Chaguanas
The Cropper Foundation extends
its deepest condolences to the fami-
ly of Professor Norman Girvan, who
died Wednesday. He was a founding
member of the Foundation and was
its chairman for 13 years.
He has been justly eulogised as
one of the Caribbean s and world s
foremost intellectuals, and for being
a leading voice on regional unity
and global development.
Norman, though, was far more
than a man of words and ideas who
rubbed shoulders with the powerful.
He was a man of conviction who
worked hard, not for the honours
and awards that were showered on
him, but from selfless dedication to
the Caribbean s people, whom he
loved beyond measure, and the
region s natural environment, which
he fought tirelessly to protect. It is
perhaps poetic that Norman, the
Caribbean Man who was born in
Jamaica and lived in Trinidad,
would sustain his injuries in
Dominica and die in Cuba.
In 2000, when Angela and John
Cropper conceived a Foundation
that would strive to make Caribbean
development environmentally sus-
tainable and economically fair, Nor-
man was first to sign on. All of the
Foundation s accomplishments bear
his fingerprints, from assessments
of the living resources of the
Caribbean Sea and the production
of environmental education materi-
als for the region s schools, to the
development of a scheme that
places monetary values to natural
environments like forests and coral
reefs so that they can be more easi-
ly integrated into the region s plan-
At 72, Norman seemed ageless,
and we have lost not just the man
but all that he still had to give this
country and the region.
The Cropper Foundation, too, will
be poorer for Norman s loss, but
richer for the trail this exemplary
man blazed in realising the vision
he shared with Angela and John. A
humble giant of great intellect and
ethics, and equally great humour
and humanity. We are grateful that
The Board of Trustees,
The Cropper Foundation
Well, we've heard it all now. Glenn
Ramadharsingh has been fired from his
ministerial post by the Prime Minister
but will retain his position as an MP.
And now there are two, not one, accu-
sations being levelled against him of
abuse of office.
Lucky fellow though, one could call it
a paid vacation---courtesy of the tax-
payers, of course! If she considers him
suitable enough for the position of an
MP (without portfolio now) why did
she fire him? Of course, his vote will
still count in Parliament, but what sort
of example is this to the plebs?
Our PM had better take care that
she doesn't have to take over virtually
every portfolio in her govt---the stress
of the job will surely do her in.
For the past four weeks,
we the residents of Hillside
Avenue, Cascade have
made several calls to
WASA to repair a leaking
water main at Pole #55.
Every time a call is made
the response is always "To-
morrow for sure!" In future
we'll try this medium to re-
port leaks, so if anyone at
WASA reads this, please
help us. If this doesn't work
we'll try Anslem.
A MAN DEDICATED TO
be a capital city?
T&T's largest national flag (30 ft by 50 ft) at FireOne
Fireworks, Macoya, is now flying half mast as a sign
of respect on the passing of former prime minister
and president of T&T, Arthur NR Robinson, who died
on Wednesday morning. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
MP on paid vacation?
AT HALF MAST
Repair leak at Cascade
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