Tobago in state of readiness

A tropical storm is expected to hit Trinidad and Tobago within the next 12 hours.

This storm effects could include “land slippage, flash flooding, and torn roofs,” Director at the Tobago Emergency and Management Agency (TEMA) Allan Stewart said.

“Members of the public are asked to stay tuned to your radio and television,” Stewart said during a media conference at the TEMA building, Bacolet. The 211 centre will is also ready to transmit information.

“If your home isn’t safe, go to the residence of a friend or a shelter.”

Stewart said eight shelters will become active across the island at approximately 8 p.m. tonight including the community centres at Charlotteville, Speyside, Delaford, Calder Hall, Lans Fourmi, Moriah, and Carnbee-Mt. Pleasant.

“Take warning, take heed, do not take this lightly,” THA Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles said, adding “We’re not sure of the damage that will ensue or the speed of recovery.”

It was announced that schools and all non essential THA officers will be closed tomorrow.

“Considering the potential disruption, tomorrow all schools will be closed. All nonessential THA offices will remain closed,” THA Chief Administrator Raye Sandy told members of the media.

The scheduled budget presentation at the Assembly Chambers has also been postponed due to the approaching tropical storm.

“Because we want to be as safe as we can, the Budget Presentation will be deferred. It will now take place on Thursday,” Charles added.

“We are on standby with the ODPM [Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management] if we are in need of national help,” Stewart indicated.

In case of emergency please call  211.

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