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PUBLIC ADVISORY #17 -THE ODPM URGES CITIZENS REMAIN VIGILANT AS CLEAN UP EFFORTS CONTINUE

PUBLIC ADVISORY #17

Tuesday 23rd October, 2018                                                             4:55 P.M.

                                                              

THE ODPM URGES CITIZENS REMAIN VIGILANT AS CLEAN UP EFFORTS CONTINUE

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) cancelled the Adverse Weather Alert #1 – Green Level for today (Tuesday 23rd October, 2018) at 4:01 p.m.

The TTMS has advised that weather conditions have improved considerably. However, it will take some time for flooding to subside in areas that were adversely affected. The Riverine Flood Alert #3 remains in effect until Friday 26th October, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

All citizens, especially those in low-lying areas or landslip prone areas are advised to remain vigilant and to continue to monitor local conditions and watercourses.

The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) would like persons to take the following necessary precautions to preserve life and property. Persons are advised to protect themselves and family members from the contaminants in flood waters. Floodwaters may carry silt, raw sewage, and microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and parasites. These can make food unsafe and cause diseases.  

  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. If you must walk through a flood, use a stick to determine the firmness of the ground as well as the depth of the water in front of you;
  4. Wear personal protective equipment, including rubber boots, rubber gloves and goggles during clean-up of affected areas. Wear closed-toe shoes, long-sleeves and full-length pants; 
  5. Use rubber or latex gloves to protect your hands;
  6. Keep children and pets out of the affected area until clean-up has been completed;
  7. Open as many windows as possible to allow air flow;
  8. Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces (such as flooring, concrete, molding, wood and metal furniture, countertops, appliances, sinks and other plumbing fixtures) with hot water and household bleach solution;
  9. After completing the clean-up, wash your hands with soap and clean water;
  10. Wash all clothes worn during the clean-up in hot water and detergent. These clothes should be washed separately from uncontaminated clothes and linens.

Citizens should continue to monitor the website and social media profiles of the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management. Visit www.metoffice.gov.tt or wwww.odpm.gov.tt.

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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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