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ODPM Carnival Public Advisory #6 , Tuesday 17th February, 2015 – 10:00 a.m. , ODPM Safety Tips for Carnival 2015

ODPM Carnival Public Advisory #6

Tuesday 17th February, 2015 – 10:00 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 eight 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. Know what you’re in for. Planning for issues ahead of time will help everything run smoothly during the event. For example: How many people are expected at the event? Can you bring food and water with you? Will you need to take medication during the event?

  3. Check the weather. If you’re going to be outside in the cold or rain, prepare with warm clothes or umbrellas. For events in hot weather, wear sunblock, dress lightly and drink a lot of water.

  4. Take a look around you. Check out your surroundings and pay special attention to emergency exits, restrooms and the location of a medical tent, ambulance or first aid station.

  5. Pick a place to meet. If you’re with a group of people, pick a specific time and place to meet. Don’t rely on cell-phones since your battery can die or cell towers can become overwhelmed.

  6. Protect yourself. Make sure your vaccinations are up to date before you go to the event. Bring hand sanitizer and wash your hands after touching surfaces such as door handles and railings.

  7. Let someone know you feel sick. If you start to feel dizzy, overheated or nauseous, ask for help immediately. Let people know if you have medical conditions or allergies.

  8. Be patient. With large crowds, you may have long waiting periods for security, bathrooms, food and event entering and exiting the event. Have patience with event staff and other patrons.




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, a shelter locator, emergency numbers – local and global, and social media contacts. In addition, it provides the contact information for all the Disaster Management Units for each Municipal Corporation so you always know who to call in the event of an emergency.



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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