Thundershowers likely tomorrow morning; ODPM urges citizens to stay alert

The Adverse Weather Alert issued by the Met Office today expired at 4 pm but the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) is calling on the nation to get ready and stay ready for inclement weather.

The Met Office has advised that tonight is expected to be cloudy with occasional overnight showers.

Tomorrow is expected to be cloudy at times with intermittent showers in varying localities.

There is the 70% chance of one or two showers becoming heavy and thundery during the late morning to early afternoon period. Conditions will gradually become settled by late afternoon.

It has also advised that gusty winds, street/flash flooding are likely in heavy showers and thundershowers.

Citizens are being advised to monitor weather conditions before venturing outside and to take necessary precautions to reduce the impact of the inclement weather on yourself, family members and property.

The ODPM says that the National Emergency Operation Centre will continue to maintain communication with the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government and stand prepared to support any incident response.

It is urging citizens to implement the following steps:

1)      Clear drains around your property;

2)      Clear debris from gutters and downspouts;

3)      Place important personal documents, valuables and vital medical supplies into a waterproof bag or container in an accessible location;

4)      Activate your 72-hour plan and ensure you have enough food, water and medical supplies for at least three (3) days;

5)      Prepare a household emergency plan. Know how your family will communicate and remain updates if separated;

6)      Keep a list of emergency telephone numbers on display on your refrigerator or anywhere easily accessible to everyone in your household;

7)      Learn the hotline numbers of your corporation, especially your Disaster Management Unit number (see attached);

8)      Pre-position sandbags around your property, especially if your area or property has a history of flooding;

9)      Monitor weather conditions before leaving the house;

10)   Listen or look out for further updates on television, radio and/or social media from official sources.

If where you live, work or travel is affected by the inclement weather. Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe:

1)      After heavy rainfall, stay inside until water levels have subsided and it is safe to venture outside;

2)      Be cautious when walking/driving along hillsides or landslide-prone areas;

3)      Vehicles do not provide adequate protection from flood waters. They can be swept away or may stall in moving water. Do not walk or drive through flood waters of unknown depth and current;

4)      Practice electrical safety - In the event of flooding, turn off electrical power to your home or business;

5)      Do not allow your children to play in flood waters. Flood waters may contain sharp objects, such as glass or metal fragments, that can cause injury and lead to infection;

6)      Avoid entering floodwaters, if you must do so, wear solid shoes and check depth and current with a stick;

7)      Stay away from drains, culverts and flood waters. Swiftly moving shallow water can be deadly, and even shallow standing water can be dangerous for small children;

8)      Practice good hygiene (hand washing) after contact with flood waters;

9)      Drink clean or preferably boiled water;

10)  Listen or look out for further updates on television, radio and/or social media.

It notes that flooding, fallen trees, and landslips can occur anywhere and at any time. 

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