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PUBLIC ADVISORY # 2 Tropical Storm Warning - Monday 19th June, 2017 – 11:30 a.m.

ODPM advises citizens of shelters based on TTMET’s Tropical Storm Warning 4 The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) is advising citizens to be aware that the Tropical Storm Warning is still in effect, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Office (TTMET) at 9:00 a.m. on Monday 19th June, 2017. Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and its Dependencies can expect Tropical Storm conditions within 18 - 24hours. The ODPM over the last 48 hours has been in coordinating with all first responder agencies and has activated the National Emergency Operation Centre and would be meeting with key first responder stakeholders at 1:00 p.m to review pre impact preparedness for Trinidad and Tobago. At 8:00am, Monday June 19, 2017, the centre of Potential Tropical Cyclone #2 was located near 8.7ºN latitude 55.7ºW longitude or about 645 kilometres east-southeast of Trinidad. A Potential Tropical Cyclone refers to a disturbance that has not yet become a tropical cyclone, but which poses the threat of bringing tropical storm or hurricane conditions to land areas within 48 hours. It is important to note that a potential Tropical Cyclone refers to a disturbance that has not yet become a tropical cyclone. Potential Tropical Cyclone #2 is moving to the west at about 37 km/hr and is expected to continue on west-northwest track over the next 48 hours. As such, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and its Dependencies will therefore be mostly exposed to Tropical Storm conditions from Monday night into Tuesday. Due to the fact that the disturbance is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 50 to125mm over Trinidad and Tobago from Monday night through Tuesday, gusty winds and street/flash flooding, landslides/landslips and disturbance in sea conditions are likely to arise. Citizens are asked to remain vigilant and exercise caution while conducting their daily activities. We urge you to remain calm and pay attention to relevant advisories from authorised agencies in Trinidad and Tobago namely the TTMET Office and the ODPM. Citizens must not panic but rather take the time to prepare yourself and your families, as well as remain aware of flooding in low lying areas as these surfaces have been substantially saturated by heavy rainfall experienced. The ODPM also encourages persons near land susceptible to land slippage to be especially vigilant of landslides, due to the weather. The ODPM reminds all citizens that should you be affected by this upcoming inclement weather, please contact our Customer Care Centre at 511 and visit our website www.odpm.gov.tt for additional safety tips and our Disaster Preparedness Checklist. Consequently, we continue to underscore the following:- Pack an emergency kit for your entire family including non-perishable food, potable water, first aid supplies, flashlight, battery-operated radio, extra batteries etc. Ensure that preparations are made for persons with special needs and pets. Secure all important documents in a waterproof bag. If you live in a flood-prone area, place furniture and appliances on a height from the ground and keep sand-bags easily accessible. Develop a family emergency and evacuation plan. Ensure that lawn furniture and loose outdoor items are properly tied down or brought inside. After heavy rainfall, stay inside until water levels subside and venture outside only when it is confirmed safe. Do not walk / drive through flood waters and avoid areas that experience high impact flooding. Be cautious and vigilant when walking /driving along hillsides or landslide prone areas. Persons should prepare to shelter in place, however if your home becomes compromised and you need to evacuate, do take note of the current shelter listing on the ODPM’s website – www.odpm.gov.tt based on the following Municipal Corporations: o Arima Borough Corporation o Chaguanas Borough Corporation o Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation o Diego Martin Regional Corporation o Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation o Penal/Debe Regional Corporation o Point Fortin Borough Corporation o Port of Spain City Corporation o Princes Town Regional Corporation o San Fernando City Corporation o San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation o Sangre Grande Regional Corporation o Siparia Regional Corporation o Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation o Tobago Please contact your Regional Corporation’s Disaster Management Unit or visit their respective websites for more details to confirm the listed shelter has been deemed open. We wish to underscore that Trinidad and Tobago is under a Tropical Storm Warning at this time. Citizens are asked to resist following any media, social media posts or unauthorised messages which are not disseminated by the TTMET Office or published on the ODPM’s social media platforms. The ODPM as the lead National Office for Disaster Management is coordinating with all relevant agencies, including the Regional Corporations’ Disaster Management Units, to prepare for the possibility of incoming weather within the next 18-24 hours, as we continue to closely monitor this weather event through the TTMET Office. Further, issuance of any other information bulletins will be done in a timely manner to advise the public of any further developments. --- 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 PUBLIC ADVISORY # 2 - is based on TTMET’s 3rd and 4th warning.

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