WHAT TO DO INFORMATION

For: HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODING


 CAUTION: Continuous heavy rain can cause flash flood, river flood to low lying areas, coastal flooding, landslide, mudslides, and very low visibility and if it goes with strong winds then it can also cause rough seas.

People are advised to take this 'HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODING WHAT TO DO INFORMATION' seriously.

FOR VILLAGE LEADERS AND FAMILIES

  • Listen to your radio for emergency information – SIBC, FM, HF radio
  • Inform your neighbours and vulnerable people about the current advice
  • If Flood risk increases, Activate Response Plans and move to Safe Area

FOR PEOPLE LIVING CLOSE TO RIVERS AND AREAS UNDER THE THREAT OF FLOODING

  • Keep together important items like radio, mobile phones, torch, knife, food, water, important papers, and important medicines ready to take with you to Safe Area when evacuating.
  • Store drinking water in sealed bottles as water supply may be interrupted (e.g. Dirty or supply cut off)
  • Do not allow children to play in the rain and on flood rising water or drainage Areas
  • If Flood risk increases, Activate your community and family Response Plans and move to Safe Area

FOR MOTORISTS

  • Take extra care when travelling on wet, slippery and flood roads
  • Beware of water covered roads and bridges
  • Make sure you have your lights on and drive at less than 40km  per hour speed
  • Double the distance you leave between your car and the car in front of you as stopping distance are increased by wet roads
  • Do not attempt to cross flowing rivers and large streams of unknown depth

FOR BOATS AND SHIPPING

  • Mariners are advise to be extra caution when planning or travelling out in the sea
  • Avoid travelling at all if you can
  • When going out in the sea , always inform someone of where about you are going and your expected time of travel
  • Take extra fuel, puddles, life-jackets, torch-light, spare batteries, water and some food when travelling.

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TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING CANCELLATION

TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING CANCELLATION ISSUED BY THE SOLOMON ISLANDS METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE AT 9:00AM THIS MORNING ON SATURDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2019.

THE TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING IS NOW CANCELLED, HOWEVER A STRONG WIND WARNING (15 TO 25 KNOTS, REACHING 30 KNOTS AT TIMES) STILL INFORCE OVER MOST WATERS AND LAND AREAS OF SOLOMON ISLANDS.

AT 5:00 AM THIS MORNING, TROPICAL CYCLONE OMA (CATEGORY TWO) WITH A CENTRAL PRESSURE OF 977 HECTOPASCALS WAS LOCATED NEAR 15.4 DEGREES LATITUDE SOUTH AND 164.2 DEGREES LONGITUDE EAST. THIS IS LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 133 NAUTICAL MILES (247KM) WEST OF ESPIRITU SANTO ISLAND, VANUATU. THE CYCLONE IS MOVING WEST-SOUTHWEST AT 03 KNOTS AND INTENSIFYING.

EXPECT WINDS OF 15 TO 25 KNOTS (27-46KM/HR) INCREASING TO 30 KNOTS (56KM/HR) AT TIMES OVER MOST WATERS AND LAND AREAS WITH MODERATE TO ROUGH SEAS AND MODERATE SWELLS (2.5M-3.0M). 

EXPECT RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES AND THUNDERSTORMS OVER MAKIRA, RENNELL/BELLONA, AND TEMOTU PROVINCES. 

THIS IS THE FINAL TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING FOR TROPICAL CYCLONE OMA. PLEASE REFER TO STRONG WIND AND HEAVY RAIN WARNINGS FOR FURTHER UPDATES.

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Emergencies: Dial - 955 (Disaster), 933 (Weather), 977 (Marine), 999 (Police & Fire)

Media Release

National Disaster Council, Honiara, Solomon Islands

October 9, 2017

 

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction Event

 

This week we will celebrate International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction on Friday 13th of October at the Town Council Grounds near Vavaya Ridge bus stop between 8.30am and 4.30pm.

 

National Disaster Council recognizes that preparing for a disaster continues to be a challenge. Geo-hazard disasters such as earthquakes can happen at any time and leading up to the cyclone season we again need to remind ourselves to be responsible for our own safety, our families and our communities. This is not easy, however Solomon Islands MET service and National Disaster will continue to provide the public with the needed warnings and advice. You can visit our website www.ndmo.gov.sb for further updates and information.

 

The Solomon Islands has a population of 600, 000, of which our capital Honiara, with its dense population and over-stretched services are threatened by different natural disasters including: flooding, earthquakes, tsunamis and drought. These and other severe weather events continue to impact our lives and communities but there are many things that we can do to make ourselves safer and stronger. We believe that our children and younger generations play an important role here as messengers and leaders.

 

Leading up to International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, Honiara City Disaster Management Office and its partners, have joined together to present a Disaster preparedness program, “Home Safe Home”, to the many schools in the Honiara District. Many schools have already been visited today and the teams will continue to present to remaining schools until Thursday.

 

The purpose of this program is to:

  • Educate students on hazards and impacts of natural disasters
  • Educate students on ways to stay safe during a disaster
  • Help students to understand and use national forecast and warnings services like NDMO and MET
  • Encourage students to ask questions to understand warnings and what they can do to prepare
  • Encourage students to feel responsible and empowered that they too play a critical role disaster preparedness

The Town Council Grounds and schools events will provide information on how we can work together to build safer and stronger communities. All public are welcome and encouraged to attend to see how we can all make our families more ready to stay safe during a disaster and not be burdened by as much damage to property and other things.

 

If students wish to collect additional information for their studies they are encouraged to come see our research team at NDMO located in the blue building near Barak in Ranadi.

 

Regular updates will be provided to our main media sources, especially through SIBC and the Dis Taem Nao program.

 

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