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TTMET officially declares the Start of the Local Dry Season for 2014

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Services (TTMET) has issued an official release recording Tuesday 7th January 2014 as the start of the Local Dry Season for 2014. The ODPM joins TTMET in observing that the onset of the dry season is particularly important to several sectors including water resources, agriculture, forestry, tourism and the general public. TTMET reminds members of the public should note that the start of the dry season seldom begins with abrupt dry conditions but is more often based on the type of rain bearing systems which are different from those of the local wet season. This information is based on reliable scientific understanding and criteria which determine that the region is in a relatively drier state.

 

TTMET advises that usually the local dry season is not devoid of rainfall, rather the rainfall when it occurs is more often than not, less in amount than during the wet season, and is produced by different rain bearing systems from those during the local wet season. The local dry season is usually characterized by a general decrease in rainfall potential, with fair weather for the most part, but there will still be episodes of rain showers some of which can still be moderate to heavy. Since these conditions are conducive to bush and grass fires citizens are advised to engage in the following activities in preparation for the season:

 

Before a fire event occurs:

· Obtain a fire extinguisher and ENSURE that each family member knows how to use it.

· CHECK regularly for faulty electrical wiring and repair if necessary

· TEACH children to REFRAIN from playing with matches of other flammable material

· ENSURE that keys for burglar proofs on doors and windows are readily accessible to all members of the household.

· DO NOT KEEP heat generating appliances plugged in or unattended.

· TURN OFF gas from cooking tanks when not in use and

· CHECK regularly for leaks

· HAVE a fire evacuation plan and practice it with your family.

 

During a fire:

 

· LEAVE the building immediately, if a fire is too big to extinguish

· CONTACT the local fire station in your area to report the fire.

· STOP, DROP and ROLL. DO NOT RUN, (if your clothes are on fire)

· COVER your nose and mouth with a small cloth and

· STAY LOW to the ground until you exit the building, if there is smoke.

 

After a fire:

 

· DO NOT re-enter the building until the local fire authority says it is safe to do so, even though the fire is extinguished.

· CHECK for structural damage to your home and REPAIR immediately.

 

Also, we ask that citizens visit the ODPM’s website at http://www.odpm.gov.tt for information on fire prevention and mitigation strategies for the dry season. Please be reminded to contact Fire Services at 990, Forestry Division at 622-3217 / 662-5775 / 643-9595 / 657-7256 or ODPM’s Customer Call Centre at 511 if you are heavily impacted by a fire.

 

ENDS

 

Issued by:

Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit

publicinfo.odpm@gmail.com

 

For further information, please contact:

ODPM’s Customer Call Centre at 511

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