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MEDIA RELEASE # 11 - THE COORDINATION OF DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS CONTINUES

MEDIA RELEASE #11

Monday 27th August, 2018                                                   5:15 p.m.

THE COORDINATION OF DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS CONTINUES

On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) remains activated and is currently coordinating damage assessments across Trinidad and Tobago. Further to the earthquake event on Tuesday 21st August, 2018, at 5:31p.m. The UWI Seismic Research Centre has indicated that there were forty-four (44) aftershocks recorded as of Sunday 26th August, 2018.

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.

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

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) advised of the temporary closure of Independence Square South, Port of Spain from 6:00 p.m. today (Monday 27th August, 2018). This traffic arrangement has become necessary to facilitate repair works on the Roman Catholic Cathedral. Motorists are asked to utilise alternative routes such as Nelson Street to South Quay, then unto their final destination.

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

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.

 

WE WISH TO UNDERSCORE THAT TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO IS NOT CURRENTLY UNDER ANY TSUNAMI THREAT.

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