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MEDIA RELEASE - NEOC PROVIDES AN UPDATE ON INTER-AGENCY COLLABORATION SUBSEQUENT TO 6.8 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE

MEDIA RELEASE

Wednesday 22nd August, 2018                                                         9:20 a.m.

NEOC PROVIDES AN UPDATE ON INTERAGENCY COLLABORATION

SUBSEQUENT TO 6.8 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE

On behalf of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) is currently coordinating assessments of all critical infrastructure, government buildings, roadways, and private properties subsequent to the 6.8 magnitude earthquake felt across the country on Tuesday 21st August, 2018 at 5:31 p.m.

At this time, there are no reports of serious injury, loss of life or significant damage to critical infrastructure. The Ministry of Health has confirmed that all health facilities across Trinidad and Tobago are operational.

Persons impacted that require assistance with conducting inspections following the development of cracks or signs of damage are advised to contact their respective Municipal Corporation or the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) through its toll-free hotline number (please see the attached contact listing).

Initial Damage Assessments (IDA) has commenced and all key agencies will conduct Damage and Needs Assessments (DANA) and Damage and Loss Assessments (DALA) throughout the day.

The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) has confirmed that ninety-nine percent (99%) of its services has been restored to affected areas. There are few areas that are currently being addressed.  The Ministry of Works and Transport (MOWT), the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government (MRDLG), the Water and Sewerage Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (WASA) and the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) have confirmed that assessments are ongoing. The Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) has confirmed no service impact reported.

All first responder agencies are on alert to provide assistance in the event of aftershocks.

The ODPM reminds all citizens if impacted to contact the ODPM at 511, the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) at 211 or your Municipal Corporation through its toll-free hotline number.

The ODPM continues to remind citizens of the following in the event of aftershocks:

·        STAY CALM. DO NOT PANIC. BE ALERT.

·        If inside stay inside, do not run out of the building as you may be injured by falling debris.

·        If inside, DROP, COVER and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. 

·        Get under a sturdy desk, table or bed and hold on or stand in a strong doorway.

·        DO NOT USE ELEVATORS OR STAIRS.

·        Move away from windows, mirrors, glass doors, pictures, bookcases, hanging plants and heavy objects.

·        If outside and there are no obvious signs of danger nearby, stay there.

·        If outside, stay away from glass buildings, electricity poles and bridges.

·        If in a vehicle, do not stop on or under a bridge.

·        Always look out for falling plaster, bricks, lighting fixtures and other objects.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), first responders and other support agencies remain committed to the people of Trinidad and Tobago and continue to support the coordination of various stakeholders to ensure assistance can be provided to affected persons in timely manner.

WE WISH TO UNDERSCORE THAT TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO IS NOT CURRENTLY UNDER ANY TSUNAMI WATCH OR WARNING.  

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