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On Thursday 14th January 2021, the ODPM along with key national agencies exercised a simulated 7.9 magnitude earthquake impacting Trinidad and Tobago, in order to test the National Earthquake Response Plan. This robust, blended tabletop exercise was a component of the Prepare TT Project - an Urban Disaster Resiliency pilot project for Port of Spain. Representatives from various key national agencies participated in the exercise that was managed from the ODPM’s National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) at Tacarigua.

The exercise was jointly planned between the ODPM and Miyamoto International, with that company’s National Program Manager, Ms Nicole Williams, acting as the Exercise Director. The session tested first responder agencies’ preparation and response capabilities to cope with the devastating seismic event.

In attendance were representatives from Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government; Ministry of Health; Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service; Trinidad and Tobago Police Service; Ministry of Works and Transport and UWI Seismic Research Centre with Colonel (Ret’d) Dave Williams of the Emergency Management Association of Trinidad and Tobago (EMATT), acting as the Exercise Evaluator.

Throughout the session, the key response personnel reviewed and excercised their agencies’ plans and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), to ensure their alignment with the National Earthquake Response Plan. The training also provided for vigorous testing of interagency coordination, through the use of multi-channel communication systems.

The Exercise Director, Ms Williams, underscored to the participants that the session provided a realistic and critical learning platform for all first responder agencies. The CEO of the ODPM, Major General (Ret’d) Rodney Smart, thanked Ms Williams and the various agencies for their enthusiastic participation.  He committed to ensuring that the ODPM will continue to collaborate with national, regional and international partners to strengthen Trinidad and Tobago’s seismic resilience.

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