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PUBLIC ADVISORY #5 - The ODPM Urges Persons across Trinidad and Tobago to Remain Viligant in light of the Adverse Weather Alert and Riverine Flood Alert

PUBLIC ADVISORY #5

Thursday 18th October, 2018                                                           6:15 P.M.

The ODPM Urges Persons across Trinidad and Tobago to Remain Vigilant

in light of the Adverse Weather Alert and Riverine Flood Alert

 
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) wishes to advise all persons, especially those residing in low-lying areas to prepare for flash and riverine flooding in areas so prone.
 
TTMS has issued an Adverse Weather Alert #2 – Orange Level for Trinidad and Tobago for the periodThursday 18th October, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. to Sunday 21st October, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.  Additionally, aRiverine Flood Alert #1 – Orange Level is in effect for communities located along Trinidad’s main river courses and associated tributaries, for the period Thursday 18th October, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to Tuesday 23rdOctober, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.  Orange level means that you should prepare to safeguard yourself and your property.
 
Tonight (Thursday 18th October, 2018), cloudy conditions are expected, accompanied by periods of showers/rain in broad areas. There is an 80 percent (%) (high) chance of thunderstorms mainly after midnight in a few areas. Tomorrow (Friday 19th October, 2018), cloudy to overcast conditions are expected with periods of showers/rain in broad areas and an 80% (high) chance of thunderstorms in few areas. These conditions will persist into the night with slight improvement.
 
Gusty winds and street or flash flooding may occur in the vicinity of heavy showers and thunderstorms. Landslides/landslips are likely in areas so prone.
 
It is anticipated that approximately 80mm to 100mm of rainfall will affect the Trinidad and Tobago over the next 72 hours. Thus, it is anticipated that rivers will crest and in some cases overflow its banks causing flooding. Additionally, it is anticipated that the high water table, waterlogged soil along with persistent rainfall in the next few days will cause further flooding in areas so prone.
 
The ODPM appeals to all persons to take the necessary precautions to preserve life and property.
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) has activated that its national response mechanisms and remains in constant communication with the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government and other first responder and support agencies to support incident response.
 
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) would like persons to ‘Get Ready and Stay Ready’ by implementing the following safety measures:
 
1.     Pre-position sandbags around your property, especially if your area or property has a history of flooding;
2.     Clear drains around your property;
3.     Clear debris from gutters and downspouts;
4.     Place important personal documents, valuables and vital medical supplies into a waterproof bag or container in an accessible location;
5.     Activate your 72-hour plan and ensure you have enough food, water and medical supplies for at least three (3) days;
6.     Prepare a household emergency plan. Know how your family will communicate and remain updates if separated;
7.     Keep a list of emergency telephone numbers on display on your refrigerator or anywhere easily accessible to everyone in your household;
8.     Learn the hotline numbers of your municipal corporation, especially your Disaster Management Unit number (see attached);
9.     Monitor weather conditions before leaving the house;
10.   Listen or look out for further updates on television, radio and/or social media from official sources.
 
If where you live, work or travel is affected by the adverse weather, here are some tips to keep you and your family safe:
 
1.     After heavy rainfall, stay inside until water levels have subsided and it is safe to venture outside;
2.     Be cautious when walking/driving along hillsides or landslide-prone areas;
3.     Do not walk or drive through flood waters;
4.     Avoid entering floodwaters, if you must do so, wear solid shoes and check depth and current with a stick;
5.     Practice electrical safety - In the event of flooding, turn off electrical power to your home or business;
6.     Do not allow your children to play in flood waters. Flood waters may contain sharp objects, such as glass or metal fragments, that can cause injury and lead to infection;
7.     Stay away from drains, culverts and flood waters. Swiftly moving shallow water can be deadly, and even shallow standing water can be dangerous for small children;
8.     Practice good hygiene (hand washing) after contact with flood waters;
9.     Drink clean or preferably boiled water.
 
If impacted by the adverse weather, please contact your Municipal Corporation or the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) through its toll-free hotline numbers.
 
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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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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