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Public Advisory - Prepare for Adverse Weather Conditions on Saturday 07th July, 2018

Friday 06th July, 2018 -3:40 PM

Prepare for Adverse Weather Conditions on Saturday 07th July, 2018

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) issued an Adverse Weather Alert #2 – Yellow Level on Friday 06th July, 2018 for the period Saturday 7th July, 2018 12:00 am to Saturday 7th July, 2018 2:00 pm.

The TTMS has advised that Trinidad and Tobago should expect showers and isolated thunderstorms.  Gusty winds and street or flash flooding are likely in areas of heavy downpours. This event is due to the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has NOT placed Trinidad and Tobago under any Hurricane threat, watch or warning. Hurricane Beryl on its current track poses no direct threat to Trinidad and Tobago. The National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) and the TTMS will continue to monitor conditions and will issue an updated advisory if warranted.

The ODPM would like citizens to Get Ready and Stay Ready for adverse weather conditions, by implementing the following steps:

  1. Monitor weather conditions and advisories from official sources before leaving home, school or work;
  2. Activate your 72-hour plan and ensure you have enough food, water, and medical supplies for at least three (3) days;
  3. Pre-position sandbags around your property, especially if your area or property has a history of flooding;
  4. If there are signs that flooding is about to occur near your property, move important items to a higher floor if possible;
  5. After heavy rainfall, stay inside until water levels have subsided;
  6. Be attentive when driving along routes in hilly areas, such as the North Coast Road or Lady Young Road. While landslides can occur without warning, listen and look out for any unusual sounds or signs such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together, that might indicate moving debris. If possible, drive with your windows down and without music;
  7. Do not walk or drive through flood waters of unknown depth and current;
  8. Keep your children safe, do not allow your children to play in flood waters;
  9. Stay away from drains, culverts and flood waters;
  10. Practice good hygiene (hand washing) after contact with flood waters;
  11. Learn the toll-free hotline numbers of your Municipal Corporation (see attachment).

Citizens should continue to monitor the website and social media profiles of the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service for weather forecasts, alerts, warnings and cancelations. For further information visit http://www.metoffice.gov.tt.

The ODPM reminds all citizens of the following if impacted by the adverse weather:

  • Contact your Municipal Corporation through its toll-free hotlines (see attachment).
  • If you are in need of immediate search and rescue contact the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service at 990.

The ODPM will share advisories from various Ministries and agencies on impacted areas. Citizens are reminded to look out for initial advisories from the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government and the Ministry of Works and Transport on traffic diversions, impassable routes, major roadworks and instructions to delay travel.

Citizens can also learn more about how to prepare for this Hurricane Season by downloading the ODPM’s Hurricane eGuide at www.odpm.gov.tt/hurricaneguide.

WE WISH TO UNDERSCORE THAT TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO IS NOT CURRENTLY UNDER ANY TROPICAL STORM OR HURRICANE THREAT, WATCH OR WARNING.

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ENDS

Issued by:

Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit

publicinfo.odpm@gmail.com

For further information, please call:

ODPM’s Customer Call Centre at 511/ Tobago Emergency Management Agency's (TEMA) Hotline  at 211

 

The Municipal Corporations’ Disaster Management Unit Hotline numbers are as follows:

 

Municipal Corporation

(Disaster Management Unit)

Hotline Numbers

Arima Borough Corporation

 800-2ABC (2222)

Chaguanas Borough Corporation

 800-DCBC (3222)

Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation

 800-CTTC (2882)

Diego Martin Regional Corporation

 800-DMRC (3672)

Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation

 800-4MRC (4672)

 Penal/Debe Regional Corporation

 800-PDRC (7372)

Point Fortin Borough Corporation

 800-PFCB (7322)

Port-of-Spain City Corporation

 800-PSCC (7722)

Princes Town Regional Corporation

 800-PTRC (7872)

 San Fernando City Corporation

 800-SCDU (7238)

Sangre Grande Regional Corporation

 800-SGRC (7472)

San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation

 800-SLRC (7572)

 Siparia Regional Corporation

 800-4SRC (4772)

Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation

 800-TPRC (8272)

 

 

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