Following the announcement by the Met Office that Trinidad and Tobago is being placed under a Tropical Storm Warning, here are a few tips to take into consideration if further information confirms that a storm is approaching.
* Always keep a battery-powered radio in your home so that you can tune to radio stations if you lose electricity. Check or change the batteries frequently.
* Keep a flashlight in an easily accessible spot on every floor of your home.
* Keep a supply of candles on hand for power failures.
* As a safety precaution before leaving the house if you are heading on vacation, unplug all electrical appliances except for those lights connected to automatic timers.
* You may want to double-check and nail down roof shingles or use adequate adhesive to keep them from blowing off in a violent wind. For roofs with shingles that are not the seal-down type, apply a little dab of roofing cement under each tab.
* Don't go out during a storm unless you have to; however, if flooding threatens, seek high ground, and follow the instructions of emergency response personnel.
* When a major storm is imminent, close shutters, board windows, or tape the inside of larger panes with an "X" along the full length of their diagonals. Even a light material like masking tape may give the glass the extra margin of strength it needs to resist cracking.
We will keep you updated on all further information from the Met Office, Emergency and Defence Personnel and Government Authorities.
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