Safety Tips and Emergency Numbers for Rainy/Hurricane Season

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    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:

    2019 ODPM HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS GUIDE FINAL

    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
      and metals.
    • 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
      electrocuted.
    • 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
      attached).