Gov't entities on alert
A number of agencies have activated their emergency disaster plans in light of Tropical Storm Tomas.
The Child Development Agency (CDA) has made its disaster management and mitigation plan active in the island's 60 residential childcare facilities.
The CDA's chief disaster committee, regional subcommittees and location disaster teams remain on high alert during the disaster period.
Carla Francis Edie, chief executive officer of the CDA, has appealed to the general public to make every effort to protect the nation's children.
"Remember that the safety and security of all children is paramount and therefore, parents, guardians and caregivers must give due consideration for their needs, especially when making decisions about evacuation," she noted.
"Conditions of a storm, such as lightning and thunder, can be very frightening for children, and one recommendation for alleviating their anxiety is to allow them to keep close one or two of their favourite books, or toys or any other item that give them comfort during the passage of the storm," she said.
The CDA said a core team from the agency has been restored to attend to the 24-hour national emergency operation centre at the Bustamante Hospital for Children to monitor all facilities during and after the storm.
The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) also activated a disaster risk management programme ahead of Tomas.
The Ministry of Agriculture, in conjunction with RADA, yesterday activated its Agriculture Disaster Risk Management programme.
This means the entire emergency response team of the ministry is prepared and on standby to deal with any eventuality.
"We are mindful that the forecasts have projected that eastern parishes are likely to be most affected. However, we would like to urge all farmers throughout the country to take the necessary steps to safeguard life and property," the agriculture ministry said.