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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
Musician, composer, producer and poet Ozy
Merrique presents Word, Sound and Colour at
Martin s Piano Bar, 85 Woodford Street, Port-of-
Spain, on July 6.
Word, Sound and Colour is a concept and inno-
vative approach to art sharing and exchange, said
a release from the organisers. The project will feature
a month-long interactive initiative of art, music,
lyrics and film, as well as spanking new and not
so new pieces compiled over the last three years.
Through this experience, Merrique re-embraces
five years of spirituality and his visual muse that
he has worked assiduously and exclusively to create.
He believes he has a duty to respect and manifest
all aspects of his creative callings. Most recently,
he has been immersed in his pristine love in acrylic
through his visual art. He said: "My role as an
explorer of not just new vistas in sound but new
visions in colour and light..."
Merrique came on the entertainment scene in
the early 90s as part of the duo Homefront, which
produced the popular hit, Rollin. He extends an
open invitation to everyone to join the experience.
The docufilm, Free Angela
Davis and All Political Prison-
ers was a formidable continu-
ation of this year s Kwame Ture
Memorial Lecture Series at
Nalis, Port-of-Spain, presented
by the Emancipation Support
Committee. The historic film
brought a sense of nostalgia
and excitement to the viewers
gathered at the auditorium.
A release from the ESC said
guests were welcomed by Chair
of the Education Committee,
Tracy Wilson, and were treated
to an inspirational discussion
where they were encouraged to
"wake up and become con-
scious, understand your interests
and work towards protecting
"This year s topic of repara-
tions seeks to re-ignite the dis-
cussion on justice. The 1960s
had a series of actions which
stimulated an African movement
towards independence, freedom
and equality. Angela Davis life
complimented that movement
and we are proud to share it as
part of the lecture series."
Director, producer and writer
of the movie, Shola Lynch of
Realside Productions has created
a body of authentic stories about
true people, places, and points
of view. Lynch, who has T&T
parentage said, "as a teenager,
I went through that angry mil-
itant phase. But I realised that
part of that anger was because
I didn t know who I was and
where I came from. I didn t
know my history. I became fas-
cinated with literature, philos-
ophy and history---it fed me all
of this information.
"I realised that part of it also
is that we don t read so much,
so I thought, I m going to be a
curator. I m going to bring his-
tory alive through stuff---through
photographs, film and curate.
We have to stop criticising folks
for not knowing stuff and make
the information accessible. And
why not in the form of the griot?
We have all this great technology.
We used to tell stories about
each other. We used to know
our whole history, culture, etc,
through stories. We don t have
time for that anymore. We let
other people tell us who we are,
and that has got to stop," Lynch
The movie showcased by the
Emancipation Support Com-
mittee last Thursday chronicles
the life of young college profes-
sor Angela Davis, and how her
social activism implicates her in
a botched kidnapping attempt
that ends with a shootout, four
dead, and her name on the FBI s
ten most wanted list.
The film parallels actual inter-
views with Davis alongside re-
enacted footage of her in the
1960s and 70s. Davis is often
associated with the Black Pan-
thers and with the black power
politics of the late 1960s and
early 1970s. She joined the Com-
munist Party when Martin
Luther King was assassinated in
1968. Davis was active with the
Student Nonviolent Coordinat-
ing Committee before the Black
Panthers. Angela Davis ran for
US Vice President on the Com-
munist Party ticket in 1980.
She was characterised by her
many detractors as a dangerous
subversive menace, and by her
supporters, as a liberator and
strong leader challenging
authority and boldly advocating
for Power to All People.
She is also a feminist, pro-
moting women s rights while
pursuing her career as a philoso-
pher and teacher at the Univer-
sity of Santa Cruz and San Fran-
cisco University. She achieved
tenure at the University of Cal-
ifornia at Santa Cruz when for-
mer governor Ronald Reagan
swore she would never teach
again in the University of Cal-
Lynch visited T&T last year
for the T&T Film Festival where
the film was screened. She said,
"I love the title---Free Angela
Davis and All Political Prison-
ers---as the full title, because
that represents Angela s spirit.
It s not just about her. It s about
the community and all of us. I
also think that it helps you
understand that it is not about
the present. This story, resonates
with the present, but it s about
Free Angela Davis and All
Political Prisoners connects with
the theme of this year s Eman-
cipation celebrations hosted by
the Emancipation Support
ing a Historical Wrong. Davis
considered the prison system in
the US a similar degradation of
the black man as was slavery
centuries ago. There must be a
justice system, she said, based
on reparation and reconciliation
rather than retribution and
The discussion on reparations
continues for the next two lec-
tures on July 10 at Nalis and at
the Point Fortin East Secondary
School on July 12 with esteemed
lecturer Dr Rupert Lewis. The
sessions will discuss the ques-
tion, What can the Caribbean
Reparation campaign learn from
the Garvey Movement?
Entry is free and both lectures
start at 7 pm.
Davis inspires in docufilm Merrique will be in
Martin's Piano Bar
until September 6.
PHOTO: DAVID WEARS
Limited space is available so interested persons are
asked to book by calling 622-6405 or 376-8629. The
residency will run until September 6 and viewings can
also be arranged by e-mailing email@example.com,
visiting www.flyinggalvanize.com or Martin's Piano Bar
Angela Davis, right, with the film's producer Shola Lynch.
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