Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Time to prepare

...here is some advice on what to do

A thunderstorm over south Trinidad. Photo: Richard Charan

Here is the advice being shared by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) on how citizens can prepare today for the effects of the weather system expected to sweep across Trinidad and Tobago overnight.

Citizens are asked to remain vigilant and exercise caution while conducting their daily activities.

Pay attention to relevant advisories from authorised agencies in Trinidad and Tobago namely the Met 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 also encourages persons near land susceptible to land slippage to be especially vigilant of landslides, due to the weather.

• 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 sand-bags 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.

- Download our mobile application "Disaster Ready" to obtain emergency contact numbers, shelter location information and receive alerts of new information bulletins -Should you be affected by this upcoming inclement weather, contact our Customer Care Centre at 511 and visit our website www.odpm.gov.tt for additional safety tips and our Disaster Preparedness Checklist.