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T&T Red Cross continues its response to the Northwest Trinidad Flooding Emergency


(Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago)17 August 2012 at 1200 GMT+4:00 :  The Trinidad & Tobago Red Cross Society (TTRCS) has been in the field reaching out to help the thousands of people affected by the flooding last Saturday.   The  response effort began at home - the TTRCS compound at Fitzblackman Drive was badly hit by flood waters early Saturday morning, and our staff and volunteers did well to maintain business continuity in the face of the multiple requests for assistance. The TTRCS personnel rose to the challenge, however, and immediately activated our Emergency Operations Centre, and we answered the call of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation (DMRC) for Shelter Management and Emergency Operations Centre support. 

Although the National Society is fully integrated into the disaster planning response structure of the regional authorities and the ODPM, we maintain our impartiality, neutrality and independence in fulfilling our international mandate of humanitarian relief during the National Disaster Response and Recovery effort.

Coordination and Operations:  The Director General Jennifer Gonzalez leads a team of well trained staff and volunteers drawn from all sections of the national community.  Key personnel include:

Disaster Management Director Earl Hernandez

Immediate Past President Judy Boopsingh

Director of Communications LeslieAnn St. John

Disaster Management Coordinator Stephan Kishore

First Aid Coordinator Augustus Forde

DGECHO Project Coordinator Joseph Charles

Logstics and Administration Manager Theresa Awai

Relief Team members Anthony Tidd, Salickram Jawahir

Northern Branch (NB) Volunteer Coordination by the Northern Branch Director Lennox Jordan and NB Administrator Mathison Thomas


Assessments: The Red Cross began assessments in all areas touched by the flooding event from Day 1, as part of the requirements for an application we will make for international funding from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) operating out of Panama. These reconnaissance missions to affected areas  will continue daily, with follow up visits during the next several weeks to support the recovery effort in the communities.

Relief: As of 17 August 2012, the National Society has distributed food supplies, household cleaning materials, clothing and personal hygiene kits in Richplain, Ravine Road, Cameron, Petit Vally and other affected areas. We have been greatly helped in this area by the generosity of the National Community, particularly through the efforts of many individual donors.  Our corporate partners have also offered manpower, supplies, services and financial aid to the cause.  A profound thank you to all those who have already made donations on behalf of the TTRCS and the affected communities!

Contributors to the initial success of our relief effort include:                                         

Alstons Marketing Company Limited

Atlantic LNG

Bermudez Biscuit Company Limited

Blue Waters

Chemtrax Limited




Genethics Pharmaceuticals

Guardian Media Limited

Jimmy Aboud - The Textile King

Johnny Q

Mode Alive



Parex Resources (Trinidad) Ltd

The Kids of Rainbow Rescue

Skyline Freight

Trinidad Express

Trinidad and Tobago Mortgage Finance Company Limited

We also have firm commitments from Scrip J, Neal and Massy, the Chamber of Commerce, COSTATT, Petrotrin, Clothespin, CL Communications and others for support, goods and services in the coming days.

Shelter Management: The National Society sits on the Diego Martin Regional Corporation’s Emergency Operations Centre (DMRC-EOC), and we work in close collaboration with the DMRC to manage the La Seiva emergency shelter (six persons to date) and support the Central Diego Martin Shelter (sixteen persons as of August 17) since Saturday night. The shelters are manned around the clock by volunteers trained in International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) Shelter Management procedures.  We facilitate medical assistance to shelter residents by paying for prescription medication recommended by the DMRC medical support staff.  Senior TTRCS staffers have made visits to the shelters to assist with the Psycho-Social aspects of the recovery.

Appeals:  The reality is that we are at the early stage of a significant response, and there will be a need for continued support in the coming weeks. Citizens and organisations who have not yet made a contribution are therefore urged to do so. The Red Cross continues to accept donations of food, supplies, clothing and services from local entities, and financial aid from international donors and the Diaspora. Those inclined to make monetary donations are encouraged to do so by donating to our Disaster Relief Fund at any Republic Bank (TTD Account No 180 466 501 801 or USD Account No. 180 800 821 631), and relevant transactional details are available on our Facebook Page. Digicel subscribers can donate $10 by texting “HELP” to 2671. The Red Cross also welcomes volunteers who are willing to assist at this time and also those inclined to enroll in the TTRCS on an ongoing basis; we look forward to working with you!

To learn more, please visit the National Society website at www.ttredcross.organd our Facebook page, or follow the National Society Twitter Handle @TTRedCross.

For further information:

Mrs. Tracy Hutchinson Wallace, Communications Officer

(1 868) 627-8215 ext. 227 or 350-6909


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