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Safety guidelines for reducing disaster risk at events

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Friday July 22, 2011 – 8:00 a.m.

Safety guidelines for reducing disaster risk at events

In an effort to reduce the disaster risk, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) wishes to recommend the following to persons and groups heading to medium and large scale events in (but not limited to) the Western peninsula of Trinidad and Tobago:

  • Carpooling is a safe  and effective option;
  • Use public transport and maxi taxis if available;
  • Ensure that adequate safety guidelines are followed when boarding water vessels or sea craft;
  • Follow all traffic regulations implemented  by the relevant authorities;
  • Appoint a designated driver.

We also suggest that event management firms, members of the private/public sector and other agencies, liaise with the ODPM for any assistance in the planning of these medium to large-scale events as this will allow us to offer the necessary expert knowledge and implement the appropriate contingency measures and plans.

By adhering to these safety measures, we can guarantee that in the event of an emergency, all first responder/critical support agencies will be on alert and assets (human and tangible) will be prepositioned and thus be able to render assistance in the shortest and most effective time frame.

The ODPM is committed to working with all partners and stakeholders to reduce our risk of disaster and continue building a culture of safety and resilience.

For more information on family preparedness, preparedness at the community level or vulnerabilities and risk, visit www.odpm.gov.tt, peruse our Facebook page: ODPMTT or call 640 1285.

ENDS

Issued by:

Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit

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