Emergency Services and JMPD: known for its unpredictable weather and Eskom load-shedding, is facing a challenging situation as Gauteng has been placed on alert for thundershowers, accompanied by severe downpours, during load-shedding hours.
Emergency Services and JMPD on High Alert as Heavy Rain Expected in Johannesburg
To ensure safety, Johannesburg Emergency Services (EMS) and traffic police are on high alert, and they are urging motorists to exercise extreme caution on the roads, especially in low-lying areas susceptible to flooding.
- Threat of Thundershowers: The region is anticipating heavy downpours and thunderstorms during the load-shedding period, which poses a significant challenge to road safety and emergency services.
- Load-Shedding Schedule: Load-shedding, a controlled power outage, is scheduled to continue until 5 AM on Thursday morning. This complicates the situation as residents have to deal with both disruptive rainfall and stage three power cuts.
Safety Measures and Precautions:
- Stay Indoors: Johannesburg EMS advises residents to stay indoors whenever possible, especially if there is no essential need to travel. This precaution can help individuals avoid the risks associated with severe weather conditions.
- Vehicle Safety: For those who need to travel during adverse weather, the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) recommends the following safety measures:
- Turn on vehicle headlamps to improve visibility.
- Reduce vehicle speed to adapt to wet and slippery road conditions.
- Maintain a safe following distance from other vehicles to allow for adequate braking.
- Avoid driving on extremely flooded roads and low-lying bridges, as vehicles can be swept away, putting occupants at risk of drowning.
Emergency Services Preparedness:
- EMS teams are on standby throughout the night to respond to emergencies caused by heavy rains, thunderstorms, and flooding.
- JMPD is ready to assist motorists who may require help in flooded areas or face weather-related challenges.
Residents and motorists in Johannesburg are urged to prioritize safety during this challenging period of thundershowers and load-shedding. Following safety guidelines and heeding the advice of emergency services can help mitigate risks and ensure the well-being of the community.