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HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS AND PREPAREDNESS KIT
Contact the Red Cross: Headquarters - 627-8215/8128, Northern branch - 627-8214, Southern branch - 652-2024, Tobago branch - 639-2781
Put aside these items in the event you
need to evacuate:
Plastic sheeting and duct tape.
Foods (canned goods and non-perishable foods) that do not
need cooking. Enough for one day and three meals. A non-
electric can opener should also be provided.
Drinking water in non-breakable containers (at least two
quarts per person per day).
Any special dietary food, if required.
Identification, cash, valuable papers, insurance policies and
photos in a waterproof container.
Battery-operated all-weather radio with extra batteries.
Personal hygiene items such as soap, deodorant, shampoo,
toothbrush, toothpaste, aspirin, antacid, diapers, washcloths,
feminine products, towels etc.
Utensils such as disposable plates, cups, forks, knives,
spoons, napkins etc.
Personal aids such as eyeglasses, hearing aids (with extra
batteries), hand shavers, cream, prosthetic devices etc.
Books, magazines, cards, toys and games.
Infant care items such as formula, food, wipes and disposable
Flashlight and extra batteries.
First aid kit with prescription medications, betadine solution,
gauze bandages, adhesive tape, sterile pads, band aids, trian-
gular bandages, safety scissors, non-prescription medication,
sun screen, insect repellent, non-latex gloves, absorbent com-
press 5x9 dressing, adhesive bandages (assorted sizes), anti-
septic wipes, antibiotic ointment packets, etc.
Sleeping bags or blankets, sheets and pillows, garbage bags,
Change of clothing plus an extra pair of shoes.
Easy carrying container (bag) for all items.
Are you ready for ahurricane?
Source: The T&T Red Cross Society
As we brace for the unpredictability of
the hurricane season, it is important
to be prepared. Here are some simple
steps to help protect your family from
a storm or hurricane.
T&T Red Cross Society
been told to pay the Municipal Solid
Waste Tax even though they have not
yet received information from the Bar-
bados Revenue Authority (BRA).
BRA director of Shared Services,
Wayne Forde, said the first instalment
of the tax is due by July 28. He said
property owners who have structures
with an improved value on their land
were required to pay the solid waste
tax, which has been calculated at a rate
of 0.3 per cent of the site value.
"The Municipal Solid Waste Tax Act
2014 does not make any provisions for
exemptions from the payment of the
tax. However, the Minister of Finance
has the authority to remit or refund
part or all of the tax on the grounds
of undue hardship or for any other rea-
son, as stated in Section 5 of the Act,"
Forde warned that failure to pay the
tax by the specified dates would result
in a penalty of five per cent of the tax
demanded and unpaid. In addition,
interest at the rate of one per cent for
each month on the penalty and the
unpaid tax at the prescribed time, will
The tax was introduced this year to
assist with the management of solid
waste, that is, all garbage generated
from residential households, apartment
buildings, commercial and business
establishments, institutional facilities,
construction and demolition activities,
municipal services and treatment plant
But former prime minister Owen
Arthur is mobilising members of his
constituency to protest payment of the
tax, claiming that they are unable to
Arthur and the main opposition Bar-
bados Labour Party (BLP) have com-
plained that tax places another financial
burden on Barbadians.
"The people who are going to want
relief most from this tax are the people
who don t know about writing no min-
ister, (they) don t know about using
the law to help themselves," Arthur
said, adding "I am going to organise
my constituency office, and bring all
of my key people in St Peter together.
And I am going to identify all who are
living in house and shed, all the pen-
Forde said any objection to the value
of a property must be made in writing
to the Revenue Commissioner.
"You are still required to pay the tax
although you have lodged an objection.
It is advisable to pay the first instalment,
and if your objection is successful, the
adjustment will be made in the second
instalment," he added. (CMC)
Bajans ordered to
pay solid waste tax
Members of the
United team got a
soaking as they
routine during the
Sports and Family
Day at PowerGen
ground, Penal, on
KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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