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MEDIA ADVISORY #10 - NEOC REMAINS ACTIVATED TO COORDINATE ASSESSMENTS ACROSS TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

MEDIA RELEASE #10
 

Sunday 26th August, 2018                                                     4:25 p.m.

 

NEOC REMAINS ACTIVATED TO COORDINATE ASSESSMENTS

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, inclusive of government/government-used buildings, roadways and bridges subsequent to seismic activity.

Further to the earthquake event on Tuesday 21st August 2018, at 5:31p.m., the UWI Seismic Centre has indicated that there were forty-five (45) aftershocks recorded as of Sunday 26th August, 2018.

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

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

Representatives from various state agencies continue to be stationed at the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) maintaining general situational awareness and coordinating emergency response and damage assessments.

The Ministry of Works and Transport (MOWT) supported by Civil Engineer Volunteers and the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT), the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government (MRDLG), the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service (TTFS) continue assessments on government/government-used facilities, inclusive of educational institutions and other building stock.

The Ministry of Works and Transport (MOWT) has completed inspections on one hundred and two (102) government/government-used facilities. Requests for inspections are still being received and inspections will continue along with the inspection of all schools.

The Ministry of Works and Transport (MOWT) has indicated that the Jean Pierre Complex, the Hasely Crawford Stadium and the Woodbrook Youth Facility were inspected and found to be structurally safe. All three facilities have since been re-opened to the public.

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and the Anglican Holy Trinity Cathedral have been assessed and were deemed structurally unsafe. These remain closed until further notice.

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government (MRDLG) has reported that Initial Damage Assessments (IDAs) were completed in Arima, Sangre Grande, Mayaro/Rio Claro, Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo, Port of Spain, Chaguanas and Point Fortin. Assessments for the other seven (7) Municipal Corporations are ongoing.  Three hundred and seventy (370) reports of structural damages were received, and of those reports, two hundred and seventy-four (274) were completed to date.

The Devil’s Wood Yard Mud Volcano, Hindustan Princes Town was closed on Wednesday 22nd August 2018 and remains closed. The Piparo Mud Volcano is open to the public at this time.

The Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) has indicated that damage assessments in Tobago on government/government-used facilities are now completed with follow up work to be actioned from Monday 27th August 2018.

TEMA Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) building at Moriah, Tobago was reported in the media as having structural issues. A team of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) officers visited the facility and conducted an assessment. They determined that the building has only hair-line cracks and is structurally safe for occupation.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed that all health facilities across Trinidad and Tobago are operational. Work at the Port of Spain General Hospital (POSGH) continues, to bring the hospital back to full operational capacity.

The MOH Sacred Heart Building at Sackville Street, Port of Spain remains closed to staff and members of the public until further notice. 

The Ministry of Agriculture Land and Fisheries (MALF) Extension Officers from all County Offices are presently conducting damage assessments, using Individual Damage Assessment Data forms for all farmers affected. Compensation to farmers for damage has not been confirmed as assessments and evaluations are ongoing.

Damage Assessments and Needs Analysis (DANA), and Damage and Loss Assessment (DALA) will continue across Trinidad and Tobago.

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 THREAT.

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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)

 

END

 

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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