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Carenage community moves closer to becoming recognised as UNESCO certified tsunami ready.

On Monday 9th March, 2020, the National Tsunami Readiness Committee (NTRC) held its first meeting at the ODPM’s Head Office, Orange Grove Road Tacarigua, following the Carenage Community Tsunami Drill held on 5th February 2020.   The establishment of the NTRC is a critical step towards the Carenage district being the first community in Trinidad to be declared and recognised as UNESCO certified “Tsunami Ready”.

Some of the roles and responsibilities of the NTRC would be to:

  • ensure approval and erection of final inundation and evacuation signs in Carenage,
  • install tsunami early warning systems in the community,
  • initiate public education campaigns regarding tsunami safety,
  • commence annual tsunami community exercises,
  • contribute to the development and approval of community and National Standard Operating Procedures for Tsunamis.

Members of the NTRC are CEO of the ODPM Major General (Ret’d) Rodney Smart, Chairperson and Tsunami National Contact; Ms. Saide Shakeer and Mrs. Carol Subrath-Ali, Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Services; Ms. Alison Brome, Caribbean Tsunami Information Centre (CTIC); Mr. Lloyd Lynch, University of the West Indies, Seismic Research Centre; Ms. Ann Marie George, Carenage Community representative and Ms. Lisa Henzell, Diego Martin Regional Corporation.

Coastal communities recognised as Tsunami Ready are better prepared to save lives through improved hazard assessment and planning, strengthened standard operating procedures and protocols, and enhanced public education and awareness.

 

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