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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
The film stars an Oscar nominee, is
set in Nigeria during a civil war, is
based on an award-winning novel and
the head of Nigeria s censorship board
reportedly loved it. Yet two weeks after
the scheduled premiere of Half of a
Yellow Sun, it still has not been shown
in any theatre in Nigeria.
Many commentators on
social media believe that the
censors are afraid that tribal
rivalries could be inflamed
if the movie is shown in the-
atres across Africa's most
censors are effectively ban-
ning the film but they will
not say why, the film's
director, Biyi Bandele, told
The Associated Press on
May 1. He spoke in a tele-
phone interview from his home in Lon-
don, where the movie placed among
the ten most popular at cinemas over
the Easter weekend. It debuts in the US
The movie stars Oscar nominee Chi-
wetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave---the 2014
best picture Oscar) and Thandie Newton
and is an adaptation of the book by
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It is partly
set during the 1967-1970 civil war when
the southeast sought to break away from
the federation, and it comes at a time
when Nigeria is threatened by an Islamic
uprising in the northeast, jeopardising
unity between the mainly Muslim north
and predominantly Christian south.
"More than 40 years after the end of
the war, the problems that caused the
war are even more pronounced," Bandele
said. "I'm convinced that an organisation
like Boko Haram (Islamic extremists)
would not exist today if we had dealt
with the root causes of the war."
A ban on the movie would perpetuate
the conspiracy of silence that has kept
Nigerians from discussing the civil war,
a subject that was pointedly excluded
from history lessons in schools, Bandele
The National Film and Video Censor
Board insisted it has not banned the
movie but delayed its registration over
"some unresolved issues which have to
be sorted out."
The movie's Nigeria premiere was set
for April 25. Invitations had been sent
out and the film was to play in most
theatres in the country. The previous
day, the board told the distributors that
the film had not yet passed the regis-
About 1 million people died in the
war for an independent Biafra for the
Igbo people of the southeast, mainly
Igbos who starved to death because food
imports were blocked. Then, leaders of
the Igbo, who are almost exclusively
Christians, accused the federal govern-
ment of failing to protect them as Mus-
lims from the Hausa tribe in the north
slaughtered about 30,000 of them.
The tribal tensions and mistrust that
led to that war remain strong. Today,
some northern leaders accuse the federal
government, led by a Christian south-
erner, of orchestrating mass killings of
Muslims by soldiers in the northeast.
There are also conflicts over land and
resources across the central part of the
country that pit mainly Muslim Fulani
herders against predominantly Christian
farmers from other tribes.
Several members of the censorship
board, including its director general
Patricia Bala, viewed the film at its pre-
miere at the Toronto Film Festival in
September. "She saw the movie and told
us afterward how much she loved it and
why (such) movies should be encouraged
... She was very encouraging, very pos-
itive and did not at any time express
any reservations about the film," Bandele
The board's Web site may offer a clue
as to why it hasn't authorised release
of the film. The board's mission includes
ensuring that "objectionable materials
capable of inciting civil strife is reduced
or eliminated completely" and banning
material that would "encourage racial,
religious or ethnic discrimination or
Bandele calls the film "a very, very
faithful" adaptation of the novel, and
says it is not a war flick. The book has
been read by millions of Nigerians since
its release in 2006, he said.
Many more millions of illiterate Nige-
rians would be able to appreciate it
through the movie.
"This movie is a sort of love story, a
love letter to Nigeria's very complex and
complicated history, and it was meant
to be a cautionary tale to say we can
disagree as much as we want but war
is never the answer," he said.
There has still been no word on when
the movie might be shown here, if at
Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie with copies of her novel, Half of a
Yellow Sun, which has been made into a movie. Nigerian censors are effectively
banning the film according to reports. It stars Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor
and Thandie Newton. AP PHOTOS
Nigerian civil war film runs into roadblock
A scene from the movie Half of a Yellow Sun. Inset: Biyi Bandele, producer of the film.
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