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ODPM extends gratitude for the continued hard work and dedication of First Responder Agencies and the 511 Emergency Call Centre

Media Release

Sunday August 12, 2012 – 2:00 pm


ODPM extends gratitude for the continued hard work and dedication of First Responder Agencies and the 511 Emergency Call Centre


Severe weather attributed to the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affected Trinidad and Tobago yesterday (August 11, 2012) causing flooding and landslides throughout the country with areas along the North Western peninsula being especially hard hit.


Due to the reports of landslides in Morne Coco Road, Diego Martin Main Road and Santa Cruz and severe flooding in Petite Valley, Diamond Vale, La Seiva, Carenage and Woodbrook to name a few, First Responder Agencies were contacted to respond and have been lending assistance to those impacted by the inclement weather. The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to the following agencies for their dedication and encourage their continued support during this time and the remainder of the Rainy & Hurricane season 2012:


-Disaster Management Units of the Municipal Corporations

-Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force

-Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service

-Trinidad and Tobago Police Service


-Ministry of Works and Infrastructure



-Private Sector Organisations

-Chaguaramas Development Authority

-Ministry of the People and Social Development



-Radio Emergency Associated Communications Teams (REACT)

-Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society




The ODPM will also like to thank and recognise the efforts of those that worked in the Emergency Call Centre (511).


The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has stated that for the period today until midnight: Trinidad will experience light to moderate showers in varying localities, some of which may be thundery. Street and/or flash flooding is possible in thundery activity, especially in areas prone to such events. The ODPM is continuing to closely monitor the situation and coordinate the relief efforts. Please continue to adopt safety measures to ensure the protection of life and property and monitor all media for updates from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service and the ODPM.
Affected residents within the Diego Martin Municipal Corporation can contact the corporation at 387-0260 for assistance. All Non-Governmental Organisations, Faith Based Organisations, Church Based Organisations and residents within other corporations that wish to lend supportand donate supplies and goods are asked to contact the ODPM emergency call centre at 511.


Issued by:

 Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit

868 640 1285 /


For more information, please contact:

Dr. Stephen Ramroop,

868 789-2779

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