Tree trimming and cutting, sandbagging, reinforcing drainage and alerts on health services operations were some of the activity engaged in by many residents of Port-of-Spain and environs on Tuesday, as they were on alert preparing for the approaching storm, which, at noon yesterday, was 250 miles off T&T.
Rural Development and Local Government Minster Faris Al-Rawi, who detailed at length the preparations by authorities, however, stressed the need for people to prepare.
He said, “Man will plan but God decides.”
Some residents made conscious efforts to cut down and trim tall trees overhanging close to properties.
Some occupants with extensive glass fittings were also conscientious enough to tape up and secure against wind velocity.
The Port-of-Spain City Corporation, on high alert, received requests for sandbags and distributing from quite early yesterday.
A number of people visited the corporation’s divisions in Belmont and St James to get sandbags.
“We’re working right through with everybody,” said a corporation official when asked when they could close.
But not all members of the population were convinced.
In a taxi, a female passenger asked, “This thing still coming?”
Other passengers who worked on Charlotte Street, Port-of-Spain, expressed concern that some workers had to go to work.
In some parts of south between Williamsville and Marabella, residents were also looking to secure their property and monitoring drainage.
Government offices were closing and EBC’s office also.
The Health Ministry advised of the following measures from noon yesterday on operations of health institutions:
• Suspension of non-essential services, eg all outpatient clinics at both hospitals and health centres.
• The public is advised that all Accident and Emergency locations will remain open.
• All inpatient hospital services will remain open.
• All emergency ambulance services will remain operational. The public is reminded that GMRTT can be contacted at 811.
Patients are also reminded to remain compliant with all their medication as prescribed by your doctor.
Members of the public are further advised to avoid contact with floodwaters to reduce the risk of contracting water-borne diseases such as gastroenteritis and leptospirosis.
Persons can visit the Ministry of Health’s website and social media pages for further information.