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PREPARE FOR ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS - June 01 2019

PUBLIC ADVISORY #1

Saturday 01st June, 2019                                                      5:30 P.M.

PREPARE FOR ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) has issued its first Adverse Weather Alert – Yellow Level for the 2019 Rainy Season. For the period Sunday 02nd June, 2019 from 3:00 am to 4:00 pm, there is the likelihood that periods of showers and thunderstorms will affect various parts of Trinidad and Tobago due to the passage of a Tropical Wave.

The TTMS has advised that street/flash flooding or landslips are likely in areas prone and gusty winds may also occur at times. The TTMS has also advised that the outlined period is an estimate based on current data. Thus, adverse weather activity may begin earlier in some areas.

Yellow level means there is the potential for negative impacts. However, the damage is avoidable if persons monitor conditions and reduce their level of exposure.

Persons residing 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.

Today, also marks the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. The ODPM wishes to advise all citizens to Get Ready and Stay Ready throughout the 2019 Rainy/Hurricane Season by implementing the following steps:

  1. Clear all drains around your property to allow water to flow freely;
  2. Clear debris from your gutters and downspouts;
  3. Fill and Pre-position sandbags around your property, especially if your area or property has a history of flooding;
  4. Keep all important personal documents, valuables and vital medical supplies in a waterproof bag or container in an accessible location;
  5. Build an emergency kit with enough food, water, and medical supplies for at least three (3) days;
  6. Prepare a family emergency plan;
  7. Keep a list of emergency telephone numbers on your refrigerator or anywhere that is easily accessible to everyone in your household;
  8. Learn the numbers of your corporation, especially the number of your Disaster Management Unit (see attached);
  9. Monitor weather conditions before leaving the house;
  10. Listen or look out for further updates on television, radio and social media.

The ODPM also wishes to remind all citizens that should they be affected by the adverse weather to please contact their respective Disaster Management Unit of the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government or the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) through its toll-free hotline numbers (see attached).

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 cancelations. 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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