The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) has advise that persons residing or working in flood-prone or landslip prone areas are urged to be extra vigilant and to take the necessary steps to preserve life and property.
Persons are also urged to secure all loose items around your property, such as tools and furniture that can become missiles during high winds.
Yellow level means there is a moderate risk to public safety, livelihoods and property.
Conditions may cause disruptions in a few places. However, the level of disruption can be reduced if persons monitor conditions and reduce their level of exposure.
As the inclement weather continues, citizens are asked to ensure that they take the following safety measures:
1. Pack a ‘Grab and Go’ bag to last at least 72 hours in the event you and your family need to evacuate.
2. Fully 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. Store important documents 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 (see attached).
14. Pay attention to regular updates on television, radio and social media for any changes in the weather conditions.