Safety Tips for the Rainy/Hurricane Season

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    The following are safety and preparedness tips for the Rainy/Hurricane Season.

    • Pack a ‘Grab and Go’ bag to last at least 72 hours in the event you and your family need to evacuate.
    • In light of COVID-19 guidelines, include extra face masks, gloves and hand sanitisers
    • Charge all mobile devices.
    • Assemble a household emergency kit (locate flashlight, radio, food supplies, etc.).
    • Reduce potential property damage by elevating appliances/key equipment and applying sandbags to vulnerable points in your home/business
    • Write down emergency contact information and any important actions someone should take.
    • Keep in contact with family and community members.
    • Be cautious when walking/driving along hillsides or landslide-prone areas.
    • 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.
    • Store important document in a waterproof container or electronically.
    • Reduce potential property damage by elevating appliances and installing sandbags.
    • Practice electrical safety – In the event of flooding, turn off electrical power to your
      home or business.
    • 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).
    • Pay attention to regular updates on television, radio and social media for any changes in the weather conditions.

    During and After Flooding:

    • After heavy rainfall, stay inside until water levels have subsided, and it is safe to venture outside.
    • 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.
    • Stay away from drains and culverts. Swiftly moving shallow water can be deadly, and
      even shallow standing water can be dangerous for small children.
    • Watch your step – flood waters often hide sharp and dangerous debris like broken glass
      and metals.
    • Wear the appropriate protective clothing and gear like boots, gloves and safety glasses
      during clean-up activities.
    • Stay away from electrical utility equipment after a flood or if it is wet to prevent being
      electrocuted.
    • Be aware of areas where waters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could
      collapse under the weight of a vehicle.
    • Practice good hygiene (hand washing) after contact with flood waters.

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