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Media Release #7 - DAMAGE ASSESSMENT AND NEEDS ANALYSIS CONTINUES ACROSS TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

MEDIA RELEASE #7

Friday 24th August, 2018                                                      11:45 a.m.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT AND NEEDS ANALYSIS CONTINUES ACROSS TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) is currently coordinating assessments of all critical infrastructure, government buildings, and roadways, subsequent to seismic activity.

Priority has been given to the completion of the Initial Damage Assessments (IDAs) and Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (DANAs) across all sectors, with the focus being directed to governmental/ government-used critical facilities, inclusive of educational institutions and other building stock.

This follows the 6.9 magnitude earthquake felt across Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday 21st August, 2018 at 5:31 p.m., the 6.0 magnitude aftershock on Wednesday 22nd August, 2018 at 9:28 a.m. and the 4.0 magnitude aftershock felt on Thursday 23rd August, 2018 at 6:44 a.m.

Aftershocks will continue and some may be at a magnitude large enough to be felt. Citizens are reminded to STAY CALM.

At this time, there are no reports of serious injury, loss of life or significant damage to critical infrastructure.

The NEOC continues to warn against the creation and circulation of fake content (i.e., news, photographs, memes etc.) which can cause unnecessary panic or concern to citizens and visitors. As citizens, we must continue to display patriotism by looking out for one another.

Representatives from various State Agencies continue to be stationed at the National Emergency Operations Centre to coordinate and verify information for public updates.

Citizens impacted that require assistance with conducting inspections, following the development of cracks or signs of damage have been 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).

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

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 a timely manner.

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

 

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EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

 

Name of Corporation/Agency

Hotline Numbers

Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management

511

Trinidad and Tobago Police Service

999

Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service

990

Ambulance (Global Medical Response of Trinidad and Tobago)

811

Tobago Emergency Management Agency

211

Arima Borough Corporation

800-2ABC (2222)

Chaguanas Borough Corporation

800-DCBC (3222)

Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation

800-CTTC (2882)

Diego Martin Regional Corporation

800-DMRC (3672)

Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation

800-4MRC (4672)

 Penal/Debe Regional Corporation

800-PDRC (7372)

Point Fortin Borough Corporation

800-PFCB (7322)

Port-of-Spain City Corporation

800-PSCC (7722)

Princes Town Regional Corporation

800-PTRC (7872)

 San Fernando City Corporation

800-SCDU (7238)

Sangre Grande Regional Corporation

800-SGRC (7472)

San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation

800-SLRC (7572)

Siparia Regional Corporation

800-4SRC (4772)

Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation

800-TPRC (8272)

 

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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/ TEMA’s Hotline 211

 

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