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Media Release: ODPM to conduct simulation exercise, Exercise Dark Wave, alongside key agencies

 

MEDIA RELEASE

Tuesday March 25, 2014 – 10:45 a.m.

 

ODPM to conduct simulation exercise, Exercise Dark Wave, alongside key agencies

 

On Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) will begin a thirty six (36) hour exercise (ending on Thursday, March 27th) that aims to test earthquake and tsunami preparedness in the country as well as the response of agencies involved in the national response framework. It is hoped that by continuously testing current systems and processes, we can identify the gaps and improve overall preparedness, early warning systems and the response capabilities of all agencies within the disaster management system.

 

It is extremely important that preparedness for seismic threats be strengthened as Trinidad and Tobago lies over two tectonic plates (the Caribbean Plate and the South American Plate) and is therefore highly vulnerable to these types of hazards. In addition to this, over 3,510 people have died in the Caribbean due to tsunamis since 1842 and major earthquakes affect the region about every fifty (50) years.

 

The general public will not be involved in this particular exercise and therefore are asked to allay any concerns regarding impact on transportation or communication lines. Citizens are asked however to complete the evaluation form available via the ODPM’s (website www.odpm.gov.tt) if they would like to participate by carrying out drills in their own homes and businesses.

 

The ODPM would again like to emphasize that the general public will not be involved in this exercise and will not be inconvenienced in any way for its duration. However, citizens, particularly in the areas of St. Augustine, Cumuto, Couva and Savonetta will notice an increase in the presence of first responders in areas where the exercise is being conducted.

 

 

ENDS

                                                                Issued by:-

Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit

 publicinfo.odpm@gmail.com

 For further information please contact:

Dr. Stephen Ramroop – 354-7119

 

 

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