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PUBLIC ADVISORY #3 - ADVERSE WEATHER UPDATE

PUBLIC ADVISORY #3

Tuesday 18th June, 2019                                                       11:05 A.M.

 

ADVERSE WEATHER UPDATE

 

Trinidad and Tobago remains under Adverse Weather Alert #2– Yellow Level until 4:00 pm today (Tuesday 18th June, 2019).

Yellow level means there is a moderate risk to public safety, livelihoods and property.  Conditions may cause disruptions in a few places. However, the level of disruption can be reduced if persons monitor conditions and reduce their level of exposure.

The TTMS has forecasted that for today until midnight, Trinidad and Tobago will experience cloudy conditions with periods of rain/showers over broad areas. There is the medium sixty percent (60%) chance of heavy showers and thunderstorms which can be accompanied by gusty winds. Street/flash flooding can be expected in the vicinity of heavy showers or thunderstorms.

The Water Resources Agency has reported that levels in the following rivers; El Mamo, Aripo, Caroni, Tumpuna, Mausica, Caroni River at El Carmen and Caroni River at Tumpuna Road, are all slightly elevated but well within threshold levels.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), as the lead coordinator of Disaster Risk Management, remains in contact with the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government and other first responder and support agencies to ensure immediate assistance can be rendered if called upon due to inclement weather conditions.

As the inclement weather continues, citizens are asked to ensure they take the following steps:

  1. Pack a ‘Grab and Go’ bag to last at least 72 hours in the event you and your family need to evacuate.
  2. Charge all mobile devices.
  3. Assemble a household emergency kit (locate flashlight, radio, food supplies, etc.).
  4. After heavy rainfall, stay inside until water levels have subsided, and it is safe to venture outside.
  5. Be cautious when walking/driving along hillsides or landslide-prone areas.
  6. Do not walk or drive through flood waters of unknown depth and current (6 inches of moving water can knock an adult off their feet). STAY AWAY from moving water.
  7. Stay away from drains and culverts. Swiftly moving shallow water can be deadly, and even shallow standing water can be dangerous for small children;
  8. If flooding is imminent or occurring, evacuate to higher ground. But, do not enter flood waters to seek higher ground.
  9. Complete your Emergency Plan in case a flood disrupts your normal route.
  10. Flood waters can damage important documents. Store important document in a waterproof container or electronically.
  11. Reduce potential property damage by elevating appliances and installing sandbags.
  12. Practice electrical safety - In the event of flooding, turn off electrical power to your home or business.
  13. Contact your Municipal Corporation or the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) through its toll-free hotline numbers if impacted and in need of assistance.
  14. Pay attention to regular updates on television, radio and social media for any changes in the weather conditions.

Be Safe after a Flood:

  1. Watch your step - flood waters often hide sharp and dangerous debris like broken glass and metals.
  2. Wear the appropriate protective clothing and gear like boots, gloves and safety glasses during clean-up activities.
  3. Stay away from electrical utility equipment after a flood or if it is wet to prevent being electrocuted.
  4. Be aware of areas where waters have receded. Roads may have weakened & could collapse under the weight of a vehicle.
  5. Practice good hygiene (hand washing) after contact with flood waters.

Make Your Emergency Plan Today! Anywhere it rains, it can flood. Learn your risk level for floods and take the necessary protective measures.

Citizens can learn more on how to prepare for this Rainy Season by visiting the ODPM’s website at www.odpm.gov.tt.

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 http://www.metoffice.gov.tt or www.odpm.gov.tt.

The ODPM reminds all citizens if impacted by the adverse weather to 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.

 

ENDS

Issued by:

Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit

publicinfo.odpm@gmail.com

For further information, please call:

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

 

To download the public advisory and its attachment, please click here.

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