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PUBLIC ADVISORY #2-ODPM Reminds Citizens to Remain Vigilant and Prepare for Adverse Weather Conditions-Friday 17th August, 2018


Friday 17th August, 2018                                                      2:45 P.M.

ODPM Reminds Citizens to Remain Vigilant and Prepare for Adverse Weather Conditions

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) issued an Adverse Weather Alert #2 – Yellow Level for the period Friday 17th August, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. to Saturday 18th August, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

The TTMS has advised that the passage of a Tropical Wave will result in increased cloudiness during the afternoon of Friday 17th August 2018, with showers and possible thunderstorms developing in western parts of Trinidad. A decrease in rainfall is expected by the evening into the night.  However, there is a high (70%) chance of heavy showers/ thunderstorms developing after midnight (Saturday 18th August 2018).

Some rainfall may be heavy at times and this can compound the situation in areas that remain waterlogged from the previous rainfall event. Gusty winds and street/flash flooding can accompany heavy downpours and landslips/landslides are possible in areas so prone.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), calls on all citizens, especially those persons recently impacted by flooding and landslips to be extra vigilant during periods of heavy rainfall and gusty winds.

If you are in need of assistance, citizens are reminded to contact their respective Municipal Corporation. The Municipal Corporations are in constant communication with the ODPM.  The ODPM stands ready to support the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government in providing relief and assistance to those that may be affected.

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government is also working closely with the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services to ensure both physical and emotional relief can be provided to persons impacted, in a timely manner.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) would like citizens to Get Ready and Stay Ready by implementing the following steps:

  1. Pre-position sandbags around your property, especially if your area or property has a history of flooding;
  2. Reduce your risk of tree damage by cutting weak tree branches, along with branches that are positioned over structures;
  3. Place important personal documents, valuables and vital medical supplies into a waterproof bag or container in an accessible location;
  4. If there are signs that flooding is about to occur near your property, move important items to a higher floor if possible;
  5. After heavy rainfall, stay inside until water levels have subsided;
  6. Do not walk, play or drive through flood waters of unknown depth and current;
  7. If impacted by the adverse weather please contact your Municipal Corporation or the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) through its toll-free hotline numbers;
  8. Protect yourself and family members from contaminants in flood waters. Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during clean-up of the affected area. Wear rubber-soled, closed-toe shoes (no flip-flops!), long-sleeves, and full-length pants while cleaning your property after a flood.

The ODPM remains committed to comprehensive disaster risk management across Trinidad and Tobago, and a key component of this is Preparedness. Emergency preparedness is everyone’s responsibility. Emergencies can happen without warning. Having an emergency plan and safety supplies in advance can help you feel more secure and calm prior to adverse weather announcements.   

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Issued by:

Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit

For further information, please call:

ODPM’s Customer Call Centre 511/ TEMA’s Hotline 211







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