ODPM urges citizens to prepare for 2019 Hurricane season
The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season is set to begin from June 1 to November 30 and the Trinidad and Tobago Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) has issued some safety tips to citizens.
Members of the public are urged to prepare an emergency kit equipped with all important documents. Persons are also asked to ensure that these documents such as deeds, birth certificates, marriage licenses and school certificates are scanned and stored on a flash drive. According to the ODPM, having soft copies will help in the process of replacing originals. We at Loop TT feel you can go one step further by emailing the documents to yourself as a secondary precaution.
Meanwhile, the ODPM also advises that waterproof documents are stored in bags, that food (non-perishables, canned goods, water, energy drinks) is prepared for at least a week, while a first aid kit with extra medicines and torch lights and battery operated radios are handy.
A normal hurricane season coincides with the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicting 9 to 15 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which to 4 to 8 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 2 to 4 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).