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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
The future of cycling seems to be in good hands as these youth developers
gather to compete on day three of the Cycling Festival. sponsored by like
blink/bmobile, held recently at Skinner Park in San Fernando.
Three weeks ago Clinton
Grant a human being, not
only a champion cyclist, was
knocked down and killed by a
For whatever reason, this
driver ran off a dry, flat road
with little traffic on a tranquil
Saturday morning, in broad
daylight and killed Clinton.
Over the past three weeks in
response to this tragic, sense-
less accident we have seen
many letters to the editor. He
The motorists feel slighted
and the cyclists feel victimised,
or vice versa. As a cyclist and
also a motorist I believe that
we are all missing the point.
Irresponsible motorists do not
only kill cyclists, they also kill
joggers, pedestrians and other
motorists, who could be your
brother, mother or wife.
All users of the roads, partic-
ularly erratic, selfish, dangerous
drivers need to know that if
they hit a cyclist, jogger or
pedestrian at a speed over 25
mph they will in most
instances kill them.
The fact remains that most
cyclists using the nation s roads
(which the law permits) have
no where else to train. Most
ride anywhere from 60-100
Their shoes are clipped into
their pedals while they are nav-
igating the many bad roads,
avoiding the stray dogs, fighting
the breeze, facing inclement
weather and praying not to be
knocked down by erratic driv-
ers. Most motorist are law
abiding, disciplined and give
right of way to cyclists, joggers,
pedestrians and other
motorists. Many, however, do
Across the globe for decades
cyclist have been using public
roads, where accidents happen
and lives have been lost. This,
though, has been the exception
and not the norm.
Over the past 10 years in
most developed countries there
has been an increased aware-
ness of cyclists, coupled with
the establishment of dedicated
cycling lanes and safe cycling
zones. In this country however
most road users (not only
cyclists) feel victimised by a
percentage of selfish drivers
who have no regard for other s
property or life. These drivers
continue to commit offence
after offence with little conse-
With this in mind, the
cycling fraternity is pleading
with the motoring public to
share the nation s roads with all
non-motorised users. We are
only asking that motorists slow
when passing, give way when
possible, and make an effort to
pull away at least three feet
when overtaking us.
We lost a son, brother,
fiancé, uncle and champion
cyclist with Clinton s passing. It
is never too late to try to make
a difference, one mile at a
MOTORISTS AND CYCLISTS
MUST SHARE ROADS
Clear water channels in
I would like to draw the attention of
the Director of Drainage to a situation
existing in the southern part of the
Oropouche Lagoon, specifically the
channel regulated by the sluice gates lo-
cated at St John Trace, Siparia Old
Road, Avocat. This channel is of great
importance, since all the rivers south of
the main channel of the Oropouche
river flow into it.
These include the Cunapo river, which
rises in the Siparia forest reserve, to-
gether with its tributaries such as Ram-
gattie and Nagessar channels, and all
other channels from far east as Tulsa
The main channel upstream of the
sluice gates is overgrown with vegeta-
tion and the flow of water is severly im-
peded. When the water from all the
rivers reaches a high level this causes
stagnation, resulting in marsh land dur-
ing the dry season. This prevents new
grass from growing in pasture areas or
any other type of cultivation.
This area is in the constituency of
Oropouche West. Both the area council-
lor and Member of Parliament seem
oblivious to the situation, as well as the
officials at the Office of Drainage Divi-
sion in Penal. I would like the Chief Engi-
neer of Drainage Division to visit the
area and, if possible, initiate some ac-
tion to remedy the problem.
It is easy to trace the genesis of vio-
lence and crime in our society when our
young people are witnesses to disre-
spectful behaviour from government
Should a minister in the British cabi-
net behave inappropriately in public,
within 24 hours his appointment as a
minister would be revoked.
If an ordinary citizen of T&T were to
behave in a disgraceful manner, he/she
would be arrested and prosecuted in
The Prime Minister has no other
choice but to display statesmanship
and not condone any of her ministers'
Good governance is essential.
Gregory St Louise
It's Your Write
Save calypso from
being left behind
The popularity of calypso music is dying.
This is an important issue we should pay attention
to, because it's an intrinsic part of our culture.
As society looks away from calypso, these cultural
ambassadors struggle to survive both financially and
within the music industry. This has led to some of them
to surrender the true essence of calypso music---
namely to comment on the social ills experienced in this
country---to topics which guarantee them a quick dollar.
The radio stations are playing all genres of soca
music but not enough calypso. Our music industry is
evolving, which is a good thing for our culture, but ca-
lypso must not be left behind.
Should the government adhere to the call from calyp-
sonians for more money? Let's face it, the popularity of
soca in all its variations has easily enabled it's increased
funding. But what can we say is the reason to increase
the funds for the calypso monarch?
Maybe it could be to preserve our culture, to respect
it and to ensure livelihood.
Make sports compulsory in
schools to combat crime
It's time to save our nation. Everyone thinks about
making more money, gaining power while forgetting
the benefits of sport to improve society.
From early primary school years right up until Form
5, sports should be made mandatory for at least four
hours weekly. Imagine if our children show respect for
one another while becoming disciplined all round, not
just at sports, just how better society will be.
This should be done properly, hiring experts to coach
and oversee at school, while playfields are set up in
every village along with police monitoring to ensure
safety. There are so many benefits we can all derive
from this becoming a reality.
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