Preparedness tips from the ODPM for the Rainy/Hurricane Season:
- Assemble a household emergency kit (water, food, medical supplies, radio, batteries, flashlight etc.)
- Pack a ‘Grab and Go’ bag to last at least 72 hours in the event you and your family need to evacuate.
- Reduce potential property damage by elevating appliances/key equipment and applying sandbags to vulnerable points in your home/business (persons may check with hardware outlets/ the Disaster Management Units at Municipal Corporations for sandbags).
- Practice electrical safety – In the event of flooding, turn off electrical power to your
home or business.
- Store important documents in a waterproof container or electronically.
- Pay attention to the television, radio and social media for any changes in the weather conditions and updates.
- Keep in contact with family and community members.
Click on the following link for access to the ODPM’s full Preparedness Guide for the Rainy/Hurricane Season:
Other safety tips during bad weather:
- Be cautious when walking/driving along hillsides or landslide-prone areas.
- 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 drains and culverts. Swiftly moving shallow water can be deadly, and
even shallow standing water can be dangerous for small children.
- Flood waters also often hide sharp and dangerous debris like broken glass
- If flooding is imminent or occurring, evacuate to higher ground. But, do not enter flood
waters to seek higher ground.
- Complete your Emergency Plan in case a flood disrupts your normal route.
- Stay away from electrical utility equipment after a flood or if it is wet to prevent being
- Be aware of areas where waters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could
collapse under the weight of a vehicle.
- Wear the appropriate protective clothing and gear like boots, gloves and safety glasses
during clean-up activities.
- Practice good hygiene (hand washing) after contact with flood waters.
- 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