The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) advises the national community to be prepared for adverse weather conditions, due to the advance of a strong tropical wave in the Atlantic which has the potential to turn into a tropical depression for the next 48 to 72 years. hours.
Ahead of this system is another tropical wave and the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) has already issued an Adverse Weather Alert #1 – Level Yellow for Trinidad and Tobago from 8:00 a.m. today.
Combined, these systems have the potential to produce heavy rains and gusty winds in Trinidad and Tobago, leading to street/flash flooding, residential flooding and landslides, compounded by saturated ground.
Puddles are possible in low areas and unsecured items can be moved by high winds, while electric shocks are also possible during thunderstorms.
At present, the ODPM has already alerted the Disaster Management Units (DMUs) of the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), as well as the other agencies of first action.
The Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force is also on high alert. These agencies have activated their contingency plans and stand ready to coordinate the response should the need arise.
In the event that emergency shelters are needed, the disaster management units will open them strategically, in order to provide alternative shelter to vulnerable people should it become necessary.
ODPM Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Major General (Retired) Rodney Smart, is appealing to the public to put measures in place to prepare for the passage of the two weather systems and to continue to prepare for rainy and hurricane seasons.
Prevention and preparedness recommendations are presented below and citizens are encouraged to implement them to reduce the impact of hazards and ensure greater resilience for their families and communities.
People are also reminded to be their brother’s keepers and to be mindful of members of their community who are vulnerable and need help to prepare.
Precautionary recommendations for citizens to follow:
Know and reduce your risks
1. Continue to monitor the ODPM and TTMS websites (www.odpm.gov.tt or
https://www.metoffice.gov.tt) and social media profiles for weather forecasts, alerts, warnings, guidelines and cancellations.
2. Reduce hazards in and around your property such as overhanging trees, clogged drains, unsecured roof sheets, and anything that can become missiles during high winds.
Develop/review contingency/business continuity plan
3. Discuss with family members the steps they should take if they are affected by hazards from bad weather.
4. Make sure the necessary contact details are written down, secure and accessible to your family members.
5. Discuss easily accessible and safe places to meet in case you are separated.
Prepare emergency resources
6. Gather emergency supplies to last at least 3-7 days.
7. In light of COVID-19 guidelines, include additional face masks, gloves, and hand sanitizers in your emergency kits or carry-out bags.
8. Store all your important documents in a waterproof bag.
Get involved and help others
9. Take action around your property – clean gutters and drains.
10. Assist neighbors and seniors in prevention and preparedness activities.
If people are affected by inclement weather, immediately contact the
Corporate Disaster Management Units and the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) via the relevant hotline numbers below:
Company/agency name Hotline numbers
Arima Borough Corporation 800-2ABC (2222)
Chaguanas Borough Corporation 800-DCBC (3222)
Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation 800-CTTC (2882)
Diego Martin Regional Corporation 800-DMRC (3672)
Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation 800-4MRC (4672)
Debe Criminal/Regional Society 800-PDRC (7372)
Point Fortin Borough Corporation 800-PFBC (7322)
Port of Spain City Corporation 800-PSCC (7722)
Princes Town Regional Corporation 800-PTRC (7872)
San Fernando City Corporation 800-SCDU (7238)
Sangre Grande Regional Society 800-SGRC (7472)
San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation 800-SLRC (7572)
Siparia Regional Company 800-4SRC (4772)
Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation 800-TPRC (8772)
Tobago Emergency Management Agency 211