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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
TRES RIOS, Costa Rica---On a warm
spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her
bed waiting to die from a seemingly inop-
erable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell
upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II
in a newspaper.
"Stand up," Mora recalls the image of
the pope saying to her. "Don t be afraid."
Mora, her doctors and the Catholic
Church say her aneurysm disappeared that
day in a miracle that cleared the way for
the late pope to be declared a saint on
April 27 in a ceremony at the Vatican where
Mora will be a guest of honour.
For Mora, the church-certified miracle
was only the start of her metamorphosis
from an ill and desperate woman into an
adored symbol of faith for thousands of
Costa Ricans and Catholics around the
Mora, 50, has been greeting a stream of
local and international visitors in her modest home
in a middle-class neighbourhood outside the Costa
Rican capital, and accepts invitations to as many
as four Masses a day.
The faithful have given her so many letters to
deliver to current pontiff Pope Francis that she has
had to buy an extra suitcase.
Mora has suspended her late-in-life law studies
and much of her work for her family security busi-
ness to dedicate herself full-time to her role as a
symbol of faith for many in Costa Rica.
"With all of this going on I appreciate having
my own business, because if I had a boss, they
would have already fired me for missing so much
work," she joked.
She says she ignores skeptics who doubt she was
"Everyone can think what they want," she told
The Associated Press during a visit to her home.
"What I know is that I am healthy."
Mora was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm and
sent home to rest and take pain medication in April
2011 after doctors said the problem was inoperable.
Mora, who thought she was simply returning
home to await death, looked at the image of John
Paul on May 1, the day of John Paul s beatification
six years after his death.
Then, she says, it spoke to her.
She surprised her family by walking around, and,
after her doctors declared her healed, word spread
quickly to the local church, and from there to the
Today, Mora says speaking about her experience
has become her calling.
"I ve got so much to do that I m going to dedicate
myself above all to telling the world the story of
God s greatness and what it s done for me," she
She says people sometimes ask whether the expe-
rience was somehow imagined, or the result of
"I have no reason to doubt what I am. I am
healthy and that s the most important thing," said
Mora, the daughter of a shoemaker and a seamstress,
born in a tough neighbourhood south of San Jose.
Dying Costa Rican woman
attributes miracle to pope
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