Two babies were among nine children and six adults who were rendered homeless yesterday after a fire gutted three homes in the railway line community in Ste Madeleine around noon yesterday.
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Duracell partners with ODPM for hurricane season
For the second consecutive year, Duracell and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) is joining forces to assist citizens of T&T in preparing for the hurricane season.
The 2014 season runs from June 1 to November 30, and while the country is generally spared from hurricanes, Duracell and ODPM believe preparedness is key. This year, Duracell is donating hurricane packs which include canned food—corned beef, sardines, corn and diced tomatoes—a pack of batteries and a flashlight, as well as ponchos and t-shirts to the ODPM’s Communities Organised and Ready for Emergencies (Core) outreach programme. ODPM’s Core is placing special focus on vulnerable populations, such as children, single parents, the visually and hearing impaired, the differently abled, and high-risk communities in general by visiting impacted communities and empowering citizens to take an interest in disaster preparedness activities.
ODPM CEO Dr Stephen Ramroop expressed gratitude for Duracell’s donation and emphasised that assistance from the private sector is integral to achieving disaster risk reduction and building national resilience.
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