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PUBLIC ADVISORY #2: ODPM URGES CITIZENS TO BE ALERT AND PREPARE FOR ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS

PUBLIC ADVISORY #2

Thursday 18th October, 2018                                                           11:00 A.M.

The ODPM Urges Citizens to be Vigilant as Adverse Weather Conditions

Continue to affect Trinidad and Tobago

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) has issued an Adverse Weather Alert #2 – Orange Level for Trinidad and Tobago for the period Thursday 18th October, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday 21st October, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.  Orange level means that you should prepare to safeguard yourself and your property.

                                                                                                                                      

The TTMS has advised that an active Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) continues to produce periods of rain/showers and thunderstorm activity which can lead to flash or riverine flooding, as well as landslides/landslips in areas so prone. Gusty winds can be experienced in the vicinity of heavy downpours.

Persons residing, traversing or working in flood prone or landslip prone areas are urged to be extra vigilant and to take the necessary steps to preserve life and property.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) would like residents and visitors to ‘Get Ready and Stay Ready’ by implementing the following safety measures:

 

1.     After heavy rainfall, stay inside until water levels have subsided;

2.     Do not walk, play or drive through flood waters of unknown depth and current;

3.     Be cautious when walking /driving along hillsides or landslide-prone areas;

4.     If there are signs that flooding is about to occur near your property, move important items to a higher floor if possible;

5.     Pre-position sandbags around your property, especially if your area or property has a history of flooding;

6.     If impacted by the adverse weather, please contact your Municipal Corporation or the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) through its toll-free hotline numbers.

Citizens should continue to monitor the website and social media profiles of the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service and the ODPM for weather forecasts, alerts, warnings and cancellations. Visit www.metoffice.gov.tt or wwww.odpm.gov.tt.

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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The Municipal Corporations’ Disaster Management Unit and the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) Hotline numbers are as follows: 

 

Name of Corporation/Agency

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)

Tobago Emergency Management Agency

211

 

ENDS

Issued by:

Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit

For further information, please call:

ODPM’s Customer Call Centre 511/ TEMA’s Hotline 211

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