Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service announced the tips for adverse weather as there is the possibility of persistent rainfall and gusty winds with the likelihood of street and or flash flooding.
Trinidad and Tobago said, “Here are some tips to help protect you and your property during Adverse Weather.”
- Step-1: Monitor the radio, TV, newspaper and social media for official weather updates. If flooding threatens their home, turn off the electricity at the main breaker.
- Step-2: Stay inside and keep away from windows, skylights and glass doors. They can also consider their pets five and farm animals. Bring pets indoors, if possible.
- Step- 3: They can ensure emergency supplies are in their established safe room.
- Step- 4: People should keep their mobile phones charged and consider having a backup power source, such as a portable charger.
- Step- 5: Stay indoors; avoid open spaces – Seek sturdy buildings or hard-top vehicles with windows rolled up. Avoid balconies, porches, open garages or carports.
READ HERE: Instructions for thunderstorms
- Avoid isolated tall trees: If people are stuck outside, they should try to avoid tall trees, as Lightning often hits the highest point. If far from safe shelter, Crouch down in a ball-like position with their head tucked and hands over their ears, with minimal contact with the ground.
- Listen to weather advisories: People should listen to alerts and advisories of the National Meteorological Service and Disaster Management Agencies. They should postpone travel plans if the advisory warns of thunderstorms or Lightning.
- Avoid water: Avoid contact with water during Lightning. Get out of and away from bodies of water. Postpone bathing, washing dishes, etc. Lightning can travel through plumbing.
- Use only cellular, cordless phones – Avoid using electronic equipment of all types. Lightning can travel through electrical systems such as radio reception systems. It is, however, safe to use cordless or cellular phones.
- Avoid concrete floors and walls – Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.