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Dominica: PM Roosevelt Skerrit shares preparedness tips as Tropical Storm Bret paces further

Roseau: The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, has shared Disaster preparedness tips issued by the Office of Disaster Management as the Tropical Storm Bret is expected to impact the Lesser Antilles by late Thursday.  

Currently, the country has been placed under a Tropical Storm Watch. Therefore, PM Skerrit took to his social media handle, stating, “As we continue to monitor the system, here are a few important reminders from the Office of Disaster Management.”

1: Pay close attention to the information provided by the  Met Service and the ODM. We all know the uncertainty associated with forecasting the intensity, movement and impact of weather systems. Staying informed is a critical part of your preparedness activity over the next few days and throughout the hurricane season.

2: Be mindful that flash flooding and landslides are possible during times of heavy rainfall. Landslides are highly likely as the countryis coming out of a relatively dry period where the grounds may be compromised or developed cracks.

3: Stay alert during times of heavy rainfall. People who live along waterways, including rivers and ravines, should be vigilant and be aware of their surroundings during rain events. Be ready to move to a safe area if rising water is observed.

4: Ensure that important documents are protected in waterproof containers in the event of flooding.

5: Check on your emergency kit and ensure it has the necessary supplies, medication, water, mask, sanitizer among others.

6: Use roadways and especially bridges with caution during the wet spells and be aware of water-covered roads and bridges.

7: Avoid areas subject to flash flooding, and do not attempt to cross rivers. Just 6 inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and 1 foot of fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

8: Be mindful of flying debris during times of gusty winds especially across roadways and in elevated areas.

9: Take the time to know where your emergency shelter is located.

10: Make advance plans when there is a threat of severe weather.

11: Go to the ODM website www.odm.gov.dm or ODM Facebook page or call ODM 266-4412 for all preparedness information.

 

Zurab Kvaratskhelia

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