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Public Advisory #1- Adverse Weather Alert 1 - Prepare for Strong Winds

PUBLIC ADVISORY #1

Thursday 27th June, 2019                                                                                         10:00 p.m.

ADVERSE WEATHER ALERT #1 – YELLOW LEVEL

PREPARE FOR STRONG WINDS

 

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) has issued Adverse Weather Alert #1 – Yellow Level for Friday 28th June, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for Trinidad and eastern coastal environments.

 

TTMS indicates that showers and thunderstorms are to be expected to be accompanied at times by gusty winds in excess of 50km/hr. These strong winds can result in choppy seas and may negatively impact poorly secured roof structures. Street flooding may occur in heavy downpours.

 

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 Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) wishes to encourage all sea bathers, fishermen and small crafts operators to carefully monitor sea conditions before engaging in any sea-related activity.

 

Citizens are urged to secure your roofs as well as all loose items around your property, such as tools and furniture that can become missiles during high winds.

 

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.

 

The ODPM would also like to remind all citizens to ensure that they take the following precautionary measures:

 

  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 (see attached).
  14. Pay attention to regular updates on television, radio and social media for any changes in the weather conditions.

 

Citizens can learn more on how to prepare for this Rainy Season by downloading the ODPM’s Wet / Hurricane Season Preparedness Guide at www.odpm.gov.tt/hurricaneguide.

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 please click here

 

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