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ODPM Carnival Public Advisory #1 - Thursday 12th February, 2015 – 5:30 p.m. , ODPM’s Preparations for Carnival 2015

ODPM Carnival Public Advisory #1

Thursday 12th February, 2015 – 5:30 p.m.

ODPM’s Preparations for Carnival 2015

In keeping with the commitment to building the resilience and capacity of Trinidad and Tobago, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) wishes to advise all citizens of its readiness activities for Carnival 2015. In the weeks leading up to Carnival, the ODPM has been engaged in various meetings with 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.



Our recent activities have been focused on building resilience. Two meetings of particular note are the Mass Crowd Management Seminar held on February 2, 2015 and the Resiliency Lecture held on February 11, 2015. The Mass Crowd Management Seminar was geared towards strengthening capacity across all sectors through developing and mainstreaming strategies, legislation and awareness programmes and engaged all agencies and persons directly involved in crowd management and control. The Resiliency Lecture was open to members of the public and the variants of resilience, including the psychological response to risks were discussed.



A major component of the ODPM’s Carnival 2015 Readiness Campaign was the launch of our innovative, modern and versatile mobile application “Disaster Ready” available on both Android and iOS platforms. This app contains disaster preparedness information, emergency numbers – both local and global, a shelter locator feature, disaster checklist items and social media contacts. Throughout the Carnival season, the ODPM has been promoting the app at various events and fetes including Army Fete where another innovative medium was utilised – the solar-powered charge station. This charge station, the first of its kind in Trinidad and Tobago, not only provides persons with safety tips and emergency contact information, but also with clean, safe renewable solar energy to charge their mobile devices and laptops. After Carnival, these charge-stations will be placed at strategic locations across the country.


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




1.                  Utilise carpooling and park-and-ride services to ease the traffic congestion on the roadways.

2.                  Always be aware of your surroundings. Be on the lookout for any potential hazards.

3.                  Be smart with your valuables. Secure your cell phone, wallet or purse.

4.                  Know your limits when drinking alcohol and always have a designated driver.

5.                  Arrange a meeting spot with your friends and family at the event, especially in case you are      separated.

6.                   Know where the emergency exits are.

7.           Reinforce to your children who are the best people to ask for help e.g. security guards and police officers.

8.            In the event of an emergency, do not panic. Remain calm and try to help others in need.

 

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 www.odpm.gov.tt.

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    Issued by:

    Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit

    publicinfo.odpm@gmail.com

    For further information, please Call:

    ODPM’s Customer Call Centre 511/911




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