Government of Trinidad and Tobago
Facebook Twitter Youtube

You are here


ODPM Carnival Public Advisory #2 - Friday 13th February, 2015 – 10:30 a.m. , ODPM Safety Tips for Carnival 2015

ODPM Carnival Public Advisory #2

Friday 13th February, 2015 – 10:30 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 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 eleven 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. Keep your hands in your pockets. Minimize touching surfaces and objects that may contain germs.

  3. Carry a bottle of hand sanitizer. Use it after especially after port-a-potty visits and before eating.

  4. Protect your ears. Avoid standing in close proximity to loud speakers.

  5. Know how to get out. Look for the emergency exit signs as you enter a large venue.

  6. Know the building’s capacity. Note how many people the building can safely hold.

  7. Find a meeting spot. Arrange two places to meet your family or friends in case you get separated – one inside and one outside.

  8. Keep to the wall. In the rare event of a stampede, try to move sideways to the crowd until you get to a wall. Then press yourself against it until the crowd dissipates or you find a better exit.

  9. Purchasing food. When buying from food carts, do not purchase from vendors who handle money and then touch the food or whose carts do not look clean.

  10. Carry tissue. Remember to put a wad of tissues in your purse or pocket for all emergencies.

  11. Leave before curtain call. Try to peat the crowd and get out of the parking area quickly by avoiding excessive traffic.

The ODPM encourages you to download our mobile application “Disaster Ready” available on both Android and iOS platforms. This app provides disaster preparedness information, emergency contacts – both local and global, a shelter locator feature, and social media contacts. In addition, it features an interactive disaster preparedness checklist. With this feature, you can keep track of your relief supplies and ensure that you have everything you need to be prepared for any 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

 Calendar     Hazard Maps         Emergency Contacts