NEOC & TEOC CONTINUE COORDINATION OF RESCUE OPERATIONS AND RELIEF DISTRIBUTION ACROSS TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) and Tobago Emergency Operations Centre (TEOC) are asking persons impacted by flooding to remain patient as we try to respond to high-risk communities, elderly, persons with disabilities, pregnant women and young children.
Affected persons are advised to take the necessary precautions to preserve life and property. If impacted by the adverse weather, please contact your Municipal Corporation or the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) through their toll-free hotline numbers.
Today, the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services and the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government will continue assessments and the distribution of relief supplies to ensure that affected persons receive the necessary assistance.
At present, the NEOC and TEOC continue to coordinate search and rescue exercises and the distribution of relief supplies across Trinidad and Tobago. The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force has been deployed to affected communities to support the distribution of relief supplies and aid in rescue operations. Relief supplies of bottled water, family food hampers, hygiene kits and blankets are being distributed to affect Municipalities.
Emergency Shelters are open in all affected areas. [See attachment for an updated listing].
Adverse Weather Alert #3-Orange Level and Riverine Flood Alert #2- Red Level are in effect. The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) has advised that cloudy to overcast periods with intervals of light to moderate showers or rain over broad areas are expected. There is the 70% (high) chance of heavier showers or thunderstorm activity.
Conditions should gradually settle by evening despite lingering showers overnight. Street/flash flooding and gusty winds is expected in or near heavy downpours or thunderstorms.
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) would like persons to take the necessary precautions to preserve life and property. Here are a few safety tips:
After heavy rainfall, stay inside until water levels have subsided;
Do not walk, play or drive through flood waters of unknown depth and current.
If you must walk through a flood, use a stick to determine the firmness of the ground as well as the depth of the water in front of you.