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As we count down to the start of the 2019 Wet/Hurricane Season, the Office of the Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) invite all  persons in its five week Emergency Kit Challenge.

The ODPM wants everyone to Get Ready and Stay Ready by being equipped with the essential supplies that may be needed  in the event of an emergency or disaster.

An emergency kit is essential during a hazard as it contains the necessary emergency supplies to help sustain an individual or a family for up to 72 hours.

As simple as an emergency kit may sound, it can save your life or the life of your loved ones during an emergency.

The ODPM has divided the assembling of an emergency kit into five easy to follow steps.

We encourage you to share your progress in assembling an emergency kit using the hashtag #IamDisasterReadyTT.

Remember, emergency preparedness doesn’t have to break the bank! Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find around your home.

You can also begin now by downloading the ODPM’s Disaster Preparedness Checklist at

You can also follow the challenge on the ODPM’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.  

Ask yourself “is your family prepared to survive independently for the first 72 hours?”

If you answer is no or maybe, it is time to Get Ready and Stay Ready!

Week 1

To kick off our first week in the 5 week challenge, we will focus on storing your emergency supplies and gathering emergency food and water. 

Keep emergency supplies in a plastic container or grab & go bag.

What's the difference? A Grab and Go bag is for leaving your home, school or work quickly. It’s portable and has all the essential items for just one person. A drawstring bag, small duffle-bag or schoolbag will work well here. 

The Emergency Kit contains the essential items for your entire family. All of your important items are in one place to make it easier to shelter at home (once it’s deemed safe by emergency responders). In this case a plastic container would work well. 
#Emergencykitchallenge #GrabnGobag#Letsgetready #Stayready #ODPMTT

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