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Get Ready and Stay Ready for the 2018 Rainy Season

PUBLIC ADVISORY

Monday 28th May, 2018 – 4:30 PM

 ODPM advises the public to Get Ready and Stay Ready for the 2018 Rainy Season

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) has officially declared the start of the 2018 Rainy Season for Trinidad and Tobago following rainfall activity from the passage of a Tropical Wave.  The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management wishes to advise the public to Get Ready and Stay Ready throughout the 2018 Rainy Season.

Preliminary analysis by the TTMS indicates that for the period June to August it is likely to be drier than usual, while the September to August period is likely to be wetter than usual. At the same time, the season is expected to be warmer than usual. However, the TTMS has advised that a near average wet season or a drier than usual start to the wet season does not mean that there would not be typical wet season impacts since the country has experienced severe weather events in past wet seasons with near average rainfall totals or drier than usual periods.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season will begin on June 01, 2018.  Preliminarily, the Atlantic Basin Seasonal Hurricane Forecast for 2018 is likely to be 35% above average, with the expected formation of 10 - 16 named storms, 5 - 9 hurricanes and 1 – 4 major hurricanes (Categories 3 and above). Historically, the averages for named storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes are 12, 7 and 2 respectively.

The ODPM wishes to advise citizens to be mindful of the likelihood of flooding in flood-prone areas and urges all members of the public to take all measures to preserve life and property. The ODPM also wish to emphasise the importance of being prepared for the Hurricane Season. All citizens should begin preparation activities to protect their family and property, especially to avoid the last minute rush to the groceries and stores if a Watch or Warning is issued.

The ODPM continues to work closely with all key stakeholders including the TTMS, the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government and all responder agencies to ensure that measures are taken to mitigate the potential impacts of the Rainy Season and Hurricane Season.

The ODPM wishes to advise all citizens to Get Ready and Stay Ready throughout the 2018 Rainy Reason by implementing the following steps:

  1. Clear all drains around your property to allow water to flow freely;
  2. Clear debris from your gutters and downspouts;
  3. Keep all important personal documents, valuables and vital medical supplies in a waterproof bag or container in an accessible location;
  4. Build an emergency kit with enough food, water, and medical supplies for at least three (3) days;
  5. Prepare a family emergency plan;
  6. Keep a list of emergency telephone numbers on your refrigerator or anywhere that is easily accessible to everyone in your household;
  7. Learn the numbers of your corporation, especially the number of your Disaster Management Unit (see attached);
  8. Monitor weather conditions before leaving the house;
  9. Listen or look out for further updates on television, radio and social media.

Flooding, fallen trees, and landslips can occur anywhere and at any time. Be sure you and your family are Ready and Stay Ready!

For further information, please go to the ODPM’s website at www.odpm.gov.tt.

The ODPM also wishes to remind all citizens that should they be affected by inclement weather during the upcoming months to please contact their respective Disaster Management Unit of the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government (see attached) or the Emergency Call Centre at 511.


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ENDS

Issued by:

Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit

publicinfo.odpm@gmail.com

For further information, please Call:

Emergency Call Centre 511/ TEMA’s Hotline 211

 

 

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