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Better be ready
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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
NEW DELHI---India s voters chose a
Hindu-nationalist, pro-business politi-
cian to be their next prime minister---
tossing out the party that has led the
country for most of the past 67 years
in a historic political realignment.
Riding a wave of voter discontent
with the incumbent Congress party and
a sharply slowing economy, the
Bharatiya Janata Party, led by Narendra
Modi, has won 282 and Congress just
44, in the 543-strong Lower House of
It would be the first time in three
decades that a single party has won so
decisively and captured an outright leg-
islative majority, something that would
give the BJP a strong position from
which to push its governing agenda.
Congress---the party that led India s
freedom struggle against the colonial
British, and is controlled by the Nehru-
Gandhi family---recorded its lowest tally
The vote was a surprisingly broad
repudiation of Congress s welfare-
focused approach to policymaking and
endorsement of Modi s call for more
effective governance and business-
friendly measures to create jobs and
"I didn t get a chance to sacrifice my
life in India s freedom struggle, but I
have the chance to dedicate myself to
good governance," Modi said to cheers
in a victory speech in his home state of
Gujarat on Friday night. "I will develop
this country. I will take it to new heights."
Modi tapped into the frustrations of
a generation of Indians who climbed
out of poverty in the past decade, but
who have been prevented---by slowing
growth and a lack of employment---
from joining the middle classes. It is a
generation that aspires to better work
opportunities, a higher standard of living
and world-class infrastructure.
Son of a tea seller
The son of a tea seller, Modi rose
through the ranks of the Hindu nation-
alist movement before becoming chief
minister of Gujarat, in western India.
His political career was sullied by reli-
gious riots in his state in 2002 that killed
more than 1,000 people, most of them
Muslims. Critics accuse him of not doing
enough to stop the violence, allegations
Modi denies. A court last year said there
wasn t enough evidence to prosecute
The US denied Modi a visa in 2005
over his handling of the riots, but in
recent months, as Modi s star has risen,
the Obama administration has sought
to mend the frayed relationship.
Analysts say a stronger India with a
more predictable business environment
could improve ties.
(Wall Street Journal)
election win heralds
new era in India
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Narendra Modi, left, with his 90-year-old mother, Hirabenat in Gandhinagar, on
Friday. FOREIGN PHOTO SERVICE/ZUMA PRESS
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