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In light of the ongoing adverse weather conditions as a result of a tropical wave 91L, the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) has elevated its alert to a Riverine Flood Alert #2 - Orange Level. The Adverse Weather Alert #3 - Yellow Level remains in effect until Friday 07 October, 2022 at 12:00 PM, unless extended.

The TTMS has advised that continuous rainfall overnight has pushed major watercourses to critical thresholds and some may be close to overspilling or they are already doing so. Periods of heavy showers, rain and thunderstorms are still expected. This additional rainfall, in combination with spring tides, can keep the river levels elevated and there now exists a severe risk to public safety, livelihood and property, especially in low-lying communities. Smaller watercourses in both Trinidad and Tobago are also elevated and can burst their banks with additional rainfall.

Persons residing, traversing or working in flood-prone areas, especially along major watercourses of Trinidad, including the North Oropouche, Caroni and South Oropouche and watercourses in Tobago, including the Crooks and Darrell Spring Rivers are urged to be extra vigilant and to take the necessary steps to preserve life and property. Be alert for rising river levels and possible over-spill. Do not take unnecessary risks. Avoid intentionally walking or driving through flood waters.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management is coordinating with the Disaster Management Units (DMUs) of the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), the Protective Services, the Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross (TTRCS), NGOs and other first response agencies. The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force remains on high alert. These agencies have activated their emergency plans and continue to coordinate response mechanisms in impacted regions.

Citizens should take the following precautionary measures in light of the ongoing Adverse Weather and Riverine Flood Alert- Orange Level:


Know and reduce your risks

  1. Firstly, stay informed by looking out for alerts, warnings, and public safety information from official sources like the ODPM, TTMS and T&TEC, Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government before, during, and after emergencies.
  2. Ensure that you have the necessary contact information written, secured and readily available to your family members or co-workers.
  3. Do not walk, play or drive through flood waters of unknown depth and current.
  4. Be cautious when walking /driving along hillsides or landslide-prone areas.


Make/ Review Emergency/Business Continuity Plan

  1. Review and update your family emergency plans. If you live or work in an area that is prone to flooding, please adequately prepare for the possibility of an evacuation.
  2. Identify easily accessible and safe locations to meet in the event that you are separated. Prepare for the specific needs of your family, which may differ if you have pets, people with special needs, or nowhere to go.
  3. Ensure that you secure your pets and livestock.


Prepare Emergency Resources

  1. Assemble an emergency kit with enough essential items to last you and your family 3-7 days. Also, prepare a Grab and Go Bag/Kit for each family member, with essential items in the event you need to evacuate.
  2. In light of COVID-19 guidelines, include extra face masks, gloves and hand sanitisers in your emergency kits or grab and go bags.
  3. Ensure that all your important documents are stored in a waterproof bag.

Act and Assist Others

  1. Prepare for flooding by elevating items above ground level and unplugging sensitive electronic equipment.
  2. If you are in an area where flood risk is high, keep sandbags on hand. These can be acquired from your local municipal corporation.
  3. Consider developing a buddy system with neighbours, friends, and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate members of your household if you are unable to do so.


In case persons are impacted by adverse weather, immediately contact the Municipal Corporations’ Disaster Management Units and the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) via the relevant hotline numbers below:


Name of Corporation/Agency

Hotline Numbers

Arima Borough Corporation

800-2ABC (2222)

Chaguanas Borough Corporation

800-DCBC (3222)

Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation

800-CTTC (2882)

Diego Martin Regional Corporation

800-DMRC (3672)

Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation

800-4MRC (4672)

Penal/Debe Regional Corporation

800-PDRC (7372)

Point Fortin Borough Corporation

800-PFBC (7322)

Port-of-Spain City Corporation

800-PSCC (7722)

Princes Town Regional Corporation

800-PTRC (7872)

San Fernando City Corporation

800-SCDU (7238)

Sangre Grande Regional Corporation

800-SGRC (7472)

San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation

800-SLRC (7572)

Siparia Regional Corporation

800-4SRC (4772)

Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation

800-TPRC (8772)

Tobago Emergency Management Agency




Issued by:

Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit




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