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 Management Office, Honiara, Solomon Islands

October 13th 2017

 

“Home Safe Home” Successful Event for IDDRR

 

Honiara City Disaster Management Office, its partners and the general public celebrated International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction at the Town Council Grounds. Students from King George School and many members from the general pubic and partner organisations attended to make this day memorable and spread the key messages from this years’ “Home Safe Home” target theme.

 

Keynote speakers reflected on Solomon Islands past experiences of natural disasters, lessons learnt and goals and plans for our safe future. Stalls provided further information that people could take home to their families. 

During the Deputy Mayor’s speech everyone stood for one-mintue silence to pay tribute to the homes and lives that were lost during the April 2014 flash floods.

 

The PS MECDM reminded us all that the question of: “are our homes safe in a disaster?” is everyone’s responsibility.

 

The UN representative emphasized the importance and contribution to safeguarding our young people and their family’s future that the schools initiative makes. This is through the targeted learning activities and implementation of disaster management plans and awareness.

The UN representative also highlighted the role that the Sendai Seven Targets will play in focusing efforts of disaster risk reduction by reflecting on experiences of her childhood growing up in a high disaster risk area in Japan.

 

Participants from the Team Central Disaster Drama group entertained and educated us all on some of the main hazards both natural and manmade as well us some strategies and goals to plan for a safer future. This was a great performance and really had everyone laughing and listening hard. As we prepare for another cyclone season, we need to remember that natural and other disasters can happen at any time and to always be prepared.

 

The Honiara City Disaster Management Office and its partners wish to thank the public for this support and engagement in this program and to encourage everyone to take warnings seriously, take note of forecasts and act appropriately during severe weather events.

 

Natural hazards alone do not make disasters. Like our PS mentioned today, other key contributing factors contribute. We therefore all play our part an important role in helping keep our families, our communities and us safe and informed during extreme weather events.

 

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.

 

You can visit our website www.ndmo.gov.sb for further updates and information.

#switch2sendai #IDDR2017

 

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