Even with the discontinuation of the Met Service’s Adverse Weather Alert, the ODPM is asking citizens to always be ready for any eventuality, especially during the rainy season.
It was in effect until midday but was discontinued shortly after 9am.
Some ways the ODPM suggests that members of the public can be ready are:
1. Clear all drains around your property to allow water to flow freely;
2. Clear debris from your gutters and downspouts;
3. Pre-position sandbags around your property, especially if your area or property has a history of flooding;
4. Keep all important personal documents, valuables and vital medical supplies in a waterproof bag or container in an accessible location;
5. Build an emergency kit with enough food, water, and medical supplies for at least three days;
6. Prepare a family emergency plan;
7. Keep a list of emergency telephone numbers on your refrigerator or anywhere that is easily accessible to everyone in your household;
8. Learn the numbers of your corporation, especially the number of your Disaster Management Unit
9. Monitor weather conditions before leaving the house;
10. Listen or look out for further updates on television, radio and social media.
Here’s a listing of hotline numbers for all 14 Regional Corporations and the Tobago Emergency Management Agency: