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Public Advisory # 2 - TTMET issues Information Bulletin on an Active Tropical Wave East of Trinidad and Tobago

Monday 23rd October, 2017 – 2:00 p.m.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service issued an Information Bulletin #1 advising of an active Tropical Wave currently located east of Trinidad and Tobago with accompanying showers and thundershowers. Due to this fact, we will experience light to
moderate showers in varying localities with a 60% (medium) chance of heavy showers or thundershowers in a few areas. Over the next 24 hours, as the wave progresses over Trinidad and Tobago, the main area of activity is forecasted to remain east of Trinidad and Tobago today.

Citizens are asked to be vigilant and pay attention to river levels, especially in impacted areas. Persons should contact their Regional Corporations for designated shelter information, in the event an evacuation is needed.

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government has advised that Regional Corporations stand ready to open additional shelters if needed and the following shelters are currently available to impacted persons:

• Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation – Mafeking Community Center, 800 - 4672
• Penal Debe Regional Corporation – Woodland Government Primary School, 800 -7372

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:

• All water possibly contaminated by flooding must be disinfected. Boil water for five minutes and store in a clean container. The flat taste can be eliminated by shaking the water in a bottle or pouring it from one container to another.
• Mix 5 drops of household bleach with 1 quart of water (or 20 drops per gallon) and let stand for at least five minutes (preferably 30 minutes to an hour) or longer before drinking. Bleach should be unscented and free of detergents or additives. This water will be suitable for drinking, hand washing, and for washing pots and utensils.
• Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
• Avoid moving water.
• Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.
• Stay away from downed power lines, and report them to the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission.
• Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
• Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are serious health hazards.
• Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals.

The ODPM continues to support relief effort to impacted communities, as we closely monitor this situation through the TTMET Office.

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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