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PUBLIC ADVISORY #26 - THE NEOC URGES PERSONS ACROSS TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO TO REMAIN VIGILANT IN LIGHT OF THE ADVERSE WEATHER ALERT

PUBLIC ADVISORY #26

Thursday 1st November, 2018                                              2:45 P.M.

 

THE NEOC URGES PERSONS ACROSS TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO TO REMAIN VIGILANT IN LIGHT OF THE ADVERSE WEATHER ALERT

 

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) has issued Adverse Weather Alert #3 – Yellow Level for Trinidad and Tobago, for the period Thursday 1st November, 2018 at 1:50 p.m. to Friday 2nd November, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. for the southern portions of Trinidad.  Yellow level means that there is the potential for negative impacts. However, damage can be avoided if persons take the necessary precautions to preserve life and property.

For more information regarding the adverse weather alert, please visit the TTMS’ website at http://www.metoffice.gov.tt/early_warning.

TTMS has advised that today, conditions are expected to be partly cloudy to cloudy with a 40 – 70% (medium to high) chance of heavy or thundery showers favoring the southern portions of Trinidad. Street or flash flooding and gusty winds will occur in or near heavy downpours or thunderstorms. Landslides and landslips in areas so prone may also occur.

The NEOC remains in contact with the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government (MRDLG) and other first responder and support agencies to ensure immediate assistance can be rendered if called upon due to the adverse weather conditions.

The Housing Development Corporation (HDC) has indicated that they have prepositioned pumps at HDC communities most likely to be impacted by flood activity. These include Greenvale Park, La Horquetta; Oropune Gardens, Piarco and Oasis Greens, Chaguanas. HDC personnel is also monitoring the weather forecast issued by the TTMS. Reconnaissance activity within these communities are ongoing to monitor the water levels of the retention ponds; as well as communication with members of the community. 

The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) urges all persons to remain vigilant in light of the Adverse Weather Alert, by taking the following necessary precautions to preserve life and property.

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 or TEMA (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 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;

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. See attached.

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

 

 

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

 

To download the public advisory, please click here

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