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PUBLIC ADVISORY #28 - RECOVERY EFFORTS CONTINUE IN COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY THE ADVERSE WEATHER

PUBLIC ADVISORY #28

Sunday 04th November, 2018                                                           12:20 p.m.

 

RECOVERY EFFORTS CONTINUE IN COMMUNITIES

AFFECTED BY THE ADVERSE WEATHER

 

On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) continues to monitor recovery efforts in the communities affected by the adverse weather adverse weather event experienced between Thursday 18th October, 2018 and Monday 22nd October, 2018. As affected communities gradually return to a state of normalcy as a result of the hard work and dedication of various government ministries, state agencies, volunteers and civil society organisations, the NEOC has changed its level of activation from Level Two (2) to Level One (1)- Monitoring. Level One (1) means that representatives from various state agencies will no longer be stationed at the NEOC. However, the NEOC will continue to monitor and support all agencies involved in damage assessments and recovery efforts.

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government (MRDLG) has indicated that further distribution of relief items and completion of damage assessments will now be performed by respective Municipal Corporations. Thus, the MRDLG has de-escalated from a Level Two (2) to a Level One (1).  The MRDLG also advised that the Disaster Management Units (DMUs) of all Municipal Corporations have begun re-evaluating and restocking their Units to be prepared to address any unforeseen circumstances.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) commits to continuous post-event assessments to strengthen national disaster risk reduction efforts. All agencies and citizens can learn a lot from the recent adverse weather. The ODPM remains committed to continuously strengthening and implementing programmes and projects to enhance disaster risk reduction in Trinidad and Tobago.

Recovering from any disaster is usually a gradual process. As clean-up efforts continue and families receive flood relief grants, it is even more important for persons to discuss family emergency preparedness and community mitigation activities to reduce possible future impact.  While we rebuild, we need to build back better to ensure that our families and communities are resilient.

The ODPM would also like to thank all of the government ministries, agencies, volunteers and various civil society organisations who supported our country during this challenging time. The love and commitment shown will forever live in the hearts of all those impacted.

 

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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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