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Citizens are reminded to review preparedness measures at this time!

PUBLIC ADVISORY # 1

Citizens are reminded to review preparedness measures at this time!

Trinidad and Tobago is NOT currently under any Tropical Storm threat, Watch or Warning. This advisory is being issued to underscore the importance of reviewing all safety and preparedness measures at this time.

The TT Meteorological Services indicated that the tropical wave is now 650 km east of Trinidad and Tobago. This wave is moving in a north-westerly direction and there is the possibility that it can develop into a tropical depression over the next two days. As such, we will experience heavy showers and thundershowers coupled with gusty winds. Street/flash flooding may occur in areas that experience heavy downpour and small river courses may be easily inundated. Landslides are also likely in areas so prone.

As we progress into the weekend, there is the possibility that these showers and thundershowers will become more intense and wind speed will increase.

In light of this, the ODPM, as the lead coordinator of emergencies and crises, has already placed the first responder agencies (TT Fire Service, TT Police Service, TT Defence Force, municipal corporations, CEPEP) on alert so that immediate assistance may be rendered to areas that may experience heavy downpour and inundation. Shelters and other forms of resources have already been prepared and will be used if the need arises. The Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society has been on alert should we need additional assistance with relief.

In light of the aforementioned forecast, we underscore the following safety tips:-

  • Continue to listen to the weather bulletins; remain calm, alert and vigilant. (Spreading unnecessary rumours is not prudent).
  • Check your home:
    • Clean gutters, downspouts and drains
    • Remove items around the yard that could be picked up by strong winds such as galvanized metal sheets or pieces of wood
    • Check trees in the yard and trim loose or dying branches
    • Elevate all valuables to higher levels where necessary.
  • It’s a good habit to always have all your emergency supplies accessible (medical / First Aid supplies, working flashlight, radio, batteries and bottled water)
    N.B. Important documents must be protected in a sealed plastic bag
  • If intense rainfall occurs and there is flooding, do not walk or drive through flood waters. Stay inside until water levels have subsided.

The ODPM reminds all citizens that if they have been affected by this inclement weather, they must contact their municipal corporation or 800 6376.
The TT Meteorological Services is monitoring this weather condition and will advise the ODPM and the national community if there is a drastic change. Citizens are reminded to continue to monitor the media, follow us on Facebook (ODPMTT) or Twitter (ODPM_TT) for more information. We will issue an official ESMS should the need arise.

Contact:-
Public Information Specialist
Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit
868 640 1285 ext 14240/ publicinformation@odpm.gov.tt

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