Monday 25 September, 2017

Citizens urged not to panic as country on Tropical Storm warning

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) is advising citizens to remain calm as the country is put on a Tropical Storm Warning according to the latest bulletin issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Office (TTMET) at 6:00 pm.

 The disturbance is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 50 to 125mm over Trinidad and Tobago from Monday night into Tuesday.

"Citizens are asked to remain vigilant and exercise caution while conducting their daily activities. We urge you to remain calm and pay attention to relevant advisories from authorised agencies in Trinidad and Tobago namely the TTMET Office and the ODPM. Citizens must not panic but rather take the time to prepare yourself and your families, as well as remain aware of flooding in low-lying areas as these surfaces have been substantially saturated by heavy rainfall experienced," the ODPM said in a release. 

The ODPM also encourages persons near land susceptible to land slippage to be especially vigilant of landslides, due to the weather.  

"We encourage you to download our mobile application “Disaster Ready” to obtain emergency contact numbers, shelter location information and receive alerts of new information bulletins from the TTMET Office. The ODPM reminds all citizens that should you be affected by this upcoming inclement weather, please contact our Customer Care Centre at 511 and visit our website www.odpm.gov.tt for additional safety tips and our Disaster Preparedness Checklist.  

The ODPM is urging citizens to do the following:

Pack an emergency kit for your entire family including non-perishable food, potable water, first aid supplies, flashlight, battery-operated radio, extra batteries etc.

Ensure that preparations are made for persons with special needs and pets.

  • Secure all important documents in a waterproof bag
  •  If you live in a flood-prone area, place furniture and appliances on a height from the ground and keep sandbags easily accessible
  • Develop a family emergency and evacuation plan
  •  Ensure that lawn furniture and loose outdoor items are properly tied down or brought inside
  • After heavy rainfall, stay inside until water levels subside and venture outside only when it is confirmed safe 
  • Do not walk / drive through flood waters and avoid areas that experience high impact flooding 
  • Be cautious and vigilant when walking /driving along hillsides or landslide prone areas

Citizens are asked to resist following any media, social media posts or unauthorised messages which are not disseminated by the TTMET Office or published on the ODPM’s social media platforms.    

"The ODPM as the lead National Office for Disaster Management is coordinating with all relevant agencies, including the Regional Corporations’ Disaster Management Units, to prepare for the possibility of any incoming weather, as we continue to closely monitor this weather event through the TTMET Office. Further, issuance of any other information bulletins will be done in a timely manner to advise the public of any further developments," the statement said.