ODPM: 14 tips to brace for inclement weather
As the inclement weather continues, citizens are asked to ensure that they take the following steps:
1 Pack a ‘Grab and Go’ bag to last at least 72 hours in the event you and your family need to evacuate.
2 Charge all mobile devices.
3 Assemble a household emergency kit (locate flashlight, radio, food supplies, etc.).
4 After heavy rainfall, stay inside until water levels have subsided and it is safe to venture outside.
5 Be cautious when walking/driving along hillsides or landslide-prone areas.
6 Do not walk or drive through flood waters of unknown depth and current (6 inches of moving water can knock an adult off their feet). STAY AWAY from moving water.
7 Stay away from drains and culverts. Swiftly moving shallow water can be deadly, and even shallow standing water can be dangerous for small children;
8 If flooding is imminent or occurring, evacuate to higher ground. But, do not enter flood waters to seek higher ground.
9 Complete your Emergency Plan in case a flood disrupts your normal route.
10 Flood waters can damage important documents. Store important document in a waterproof container or electronically.
11 Reduce potential property damage by elevating appliances and installing sandbags.
12 Practice electrical safety - In the event of flooding, turn off electrical power to your home or business.
13 Contact your Municipal Corporation or the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) through its toll-free hotline numbers if impacted and in need of assistance (ODPM’s Customer Call Centre 511/ TEMA’s Hotline 211).
14 Pay attention to regular updates on television, radio and social media for any changes in the weather conditions.