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DEPARTMENT OF DISASTER MANAGEMENT AND EMERGENCIES

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National Security Secretariat

Meeting of the National Disaster Operations Group

Subcommittees Chair and Deputy Chair – Re: Flood Forecast Invest98L

 

On Thursday, 16th November 2023, a meeting of the National Operations Subcommittee was convened at the Office of the Governor and Deputy Governor, Providenciales.  The meeting commenced at 10 a.m. with the main purpose of developing a plan of action to ensure the islands’ state of readiness in response to the potential effects of forecasted flooding over the period 17-19 November 2023.

Among the attendees were Acting Governor H.E. Anya Williams; Acting Premier, Hon. E. J. Saunders; Hon. Jamell Robinson, Minister of Physical Planning, and Infrastructure Development (PPID) and Minister with responsibility for Disaster Management; Dr. Holly Hamilton, Director of the TCI National Weather Service; Permanent Secretaries, Deputy Permanent Secretaries, Director of the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies and other Government Officials.

Key Messages:

  • Invest 98L has medium chance of development into a tropical cyclone.
  • Regardless of development, the system is expected to bring periods of heavy rains, breezy conditions with higher gusts and rough seas.
  • Weather conditions are expected to begin to deteriorate on Friday, 17 November the worst is expected on Saturday, 18 November as the system passes over the area and weather conditions begin to improve on Sunday, 19 November
  • Flooding is likely in low-lying and flood-prone areas.
  • Marine conditions will not be suitable for beachgoers and small crafts over the weekend.
  • The Public Works Department has commenced work on clearing drains and drilling new wells in several key locations.
  • Pumping equipment has been dispersed throughout the islands to be utilized, as necessary.

 The public is advised to stay away from flooded areas and do not walk, swim, or drive through flooded waters.

 The public should also continue to closely monitor alerts issued by DDME on social media platforms, Facebook, @DDME.TCI, WWW.GOV.TC/DDME, Radio Turks and Caicos and the DDME Alert App.

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Firearm and Drug Charges

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July 15th, 2024.

 

SHAIWANZO MISSICK of South Back Salina, Grand Turk, has been charged with six counts of firearm-related offences.

Missick, 30, was charged on July 13 after police officers consulted with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The offences against Missick are:

  • One Count – Discharging Firearm
  • One Count- Discharging Ammunition
  • One Count-Possession of Firearm with intent to commit a serious offence
  • Two Counts-Possession of Ammunition
  • One Count –Possession of Firearm
  • One Count-Possession of Controlled Drugs
  • One Count- Possession of Controlled Drugs with intent to supply.

The charges against Missick came following a report made on Saturday, 29 June 2024,  following a shooting incident in Breezy Brae.

Officers obtained a warrant and searched the accused’s residence based on the information received.

The RT&CIPF is asking the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Five Cays Shooting Update

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Shortly after noon on July 12th, the Control Room of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force received reports of a shooting in Five Cays, Providenciales. A team of offices was dispatched to Granny Hill.

Upon arrival, several interviews were conducted, and evidential items were retrieved.  Thankfully, no one was injured.

Given the investigation’s sensitivity and lines of inquiry, the RT&CIPF cannot comment further.

We are aware of audio videos and photographs purporting to be the location of where the incident allegedly occurred and ask that persons circulating such be mindful of exposing victims.

The RT&CIPF is again reaching out to the public, emphasising their crucial role in this investigation.

We urge you to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231- 1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously provide any information on this shooting or any illegal activity.

Your cooperation is vital in ensuring justice is served. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Discharge of Firearm

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Turks and Caicos – Shortly after 10:00 p.m. on Friday 05th July 2024, the Police Control Room received a report of gunshots being heard at the TCI Disposal and Solid Waste, located along Millennium Highway, Blue Hills.

Officers and medical personnel responded, and based on preliminary investigations, a truck transporting a male occupant entered the dump and started offloading items.

An employee at the dump site confronted the occupant. However, he was shot at.

The employee managed to escape. Thankfully, he was not injured. This remains an active investigation.

The RTCIPF asks the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app and share information anonymously.

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