Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, ODPEM, Richard Thompson, says the country is in a heightened state of readiness in the event of a tropical storm.

Speaking on Nationwide at Five on Thursday, Mr. Thompson says the national response team has been activated.

Mr. Thompson says shelter managers have been placed on stand-by to open shelters islandwide under instruction of the municipal corporations.

Richard Thompson, Director General of ODPEM.

ODPEM is advising the public to continue taking the necessary precautions in light of the forecast.

These include evacuating from low-lying or flood-prone areas, avoiding flooded roads and water-ways and turning off all electrical power, gas and water supplies in areas that are in immediate danger.