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ODPM's Information Bulletin #6 Saturday 24th June, 2017 – 10:00 p.m.ODPM Alerts citizens of TTMET’s Weather Forecast

Information Bulletin # 6
Saturday 24th June, 2017 – 10:00 p.m.

ODPM Alerts citizens of TTMET’s Weather Forecast

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) will like citizens to be aware of the latest weather forecast issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Office (TTMET) on Saturday 24th June 2017 indicating that –
Tonight: Initially clear and cool conditions are expected however cloudiness will increase after midnight with showers towards early morning in varying localities.

Tomorrow: Cloudy periods are expected with light to moderate showers in varying localities and heavy showers or thundershowers likely in few areas. Conditions will become settled after nightfall.

REMARKS: Given the forecast conditions and expected showery activity during the next 18-30 hours, the recession of flood waters in affected areas may be delayed.
Gusty winds, street and/or flash flooding are likely in heavy showers or thundershowers. Additionally, in areas where the ground is already waterlogged, the likelihood of flooding in heavy or prolonged rainfall is high.

Citizens are still asked to be on the alert for flash/street flooding, landslides and wet roadways. Please be reminded to pay attention to river levels and all necessary measures MUST be taken to preserve life and property.
Consequently, the ODPM will like you to protect your property. Sandbags are of no use if your property is already flooded – concentrate your efforts on protecting yourself, your belongings and moving precious items out of harm’s way!

Please be advised of the following safety tips:
• After heavy rainfall, stay inside until water levels subside and venture outside only when it is confirmed safe.
• If you live in a flood-prone area, place furniture and appliances on a height from the ground and keep sand-bags easily accessible.
• Continuously monitor the river levels in your area.
• Place all your important documents in a waterproof bag.
• Be cautious and vigilant when walking /driving along hillsides or landslide prone areas.
• Do not walk through moving water. As little as 6 inches (15 centimeters) of moving water can make you fall.
• If you have to walk in water, wherever possible, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
• Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise practice sheltering in place, have emergency supplies ion a vehicle grab and go bag.
• Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

The ODPM as the National Office for Disaster Management is coordinating with all relevant agencies, including the Regional Corporations’ Disaster Management Units and the Tobago Emergency Management Agency, as we continue to closely monitor this situation through the TTMET Office. The ODPM reminds all citizens to dispel any social media rumours and obtain advisories from authorised messages from the TTMET Office and the ODPM through local media houses’ updates.

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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
TEMA’s Hotline 211

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