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ODPM Carnival Public Advisory #5 - Monday 16th February, 2015 – 10:15 a.m., ODPM Safety Tips for Carnival 2015

ODPM Carnival Public Advisory #5

Monday 16th February, 2015 – 10:15 a.m.


ODPM Safety Tips for Carnival 2015


In keeping with the commitment to build the resilience and capacity of Trinidad and Tobago, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) wishes to advise all citizens of its readiness preparations for Carnival 2015. The ODPM has thus far received no reports of any serious emergencies and continues to engage all our key stakeholders including the National Operations Centre (NOC), the Municipal Corporations Disaster Management Units (DMUs), Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), Radio Emergency Associated Communications Team (REACT), TT Fire Service, TT Defence Force, TT Police Service, Port Authority, Airports Authority, the Health Sector, various Ministries and National Agencies, event organisers, venue managers, educational institutions as well as members of the civil, public and private sectors.


During this exciting and busy Carnival season, the ODPM wishes to underscore the importance of protecting yourself and your loved ones with these five simple tips for staying safe:

  1. Utilise carpooling and park-and-ride services. This eases traffic congestion on the roadways and minimises the risk of accidents.

  2. Be aware of your surroundings. During Carnival, there is a lot going on all at once. Watch for any potential hazards such as extension cords, wires, temporary fences or gates or any type of trash or debris.

  3. Be aware of persons around you. Large, long events tend to include alcohol which may lead to unruly individuals and occasional fighting. Keeping aware of them can limit your risk of getting yourself hurt or possibly hurting someone else.

  4. Be smart with your valuables. Large crowds are a great place for pick-pockets to hide. Keep track of where your cell-phone, wallet or purse is located. Keep your cell phone and wallet in a front pocket and your purse close to your side. Always be aware of persons near you and what is going on around you. Never let others know how much cash you may be carrying.

  5. Know your limits. It is easy to lose track of how much you have had to drink during long events. It is important to know when to stop. Always have a designated driver and be aware of other drivers on the road.



The ODPM encourages you to download our mobile application “Disaster Ready” available on both Android and iOS platforms. This app provides disaster preparedness information, a disaster prepared checklist, emergency numbers – local and global, and social media contacts. In addition, it features a shelter locator. With this feature, you can access the locations of all shelters nearest to you anywhere in Trinidad and Tobago. If you are not connected to the internet, you are provided with a list of these shelters.



The ODPM remains committed to building the resilience and ensuring the safety of all citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. We wish to remind you to take all precautions to preserve life and property. Should you experience any emergencies, please contact our Customer Care Centre at 511 or 911 in Trinidad and 211 for the Tobago Emergency Management Agency. For additional safety tips and information, check our website



Issued by:

Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit

For further information, please Call:

ODPM’s Customer Call Centre 511/ 911

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