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ODPM Media Advisory Haiti Relief - Oct 14, 2016


Friday 14th October 2016 – 7:00 p.m.


ODPM sensitises citizens on providing assistance to Haiti

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) advises citizens wishing to assist the impacted persons of Haiti to be mindful of the following:-

1. The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is mobilising national support for Haiti by asking members of the public to donate TT $6 over the next two weeks, in order to reach the ultimate goal of US$300,000, which will be donated to assist the people of Haiti. The goal figure is based on an assessment and recommendations made by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). The campaign officially started yesterday and continues until October 30th, 2016 to raise money through the Haiti Relief Hurricane Fund.

2. Deposit boxes have been set up by the Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago to accept contributions from the national community. Citizens are asked to use the following accounting information when making donations:


Account No.

Bank of Baroda


Citibank (Trinidad and Tobago) Limited


First Caribbean International Bank (Trinidad and Tobago)


First Citizens Bank Limited




RBC Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago


Republic Bank Limited

180 801 049 001

Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago Limited

74815 /1209309


3. Citizens are reminded that at this time monetary donations are seen as a best practice when offering disaster relief, as it reduces the logistical burdens of finding adequate storage space, transportation and personnel to distribute relief items.


4. Members of the Private sector who will also like to exercise their corporate social responsibility and civil society groups mobilising assistance for Haiti are also encouraged to support relief activities through monetary donations via the institutions mentioned previously.


5. The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago provided technical support as part of CDEMA Regional Response Mechanism which consisted of two support teams: the Rapid Needs Assessment Team (RNAT) and the CARICOM Operational Support Team (COST). The following nationals were deployed to support the RNAT and COST contingent – Cpt (Ret’d) Neville Wint, Relief Officer at the ODPM, Dr. Avery Hinds and Mrs. Laurianne Francis of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).


The ODPM joins the Ministry of Public Administration and Communications by encouraging the public to use the #wecanhelpHaiti to promote and bring awareness to the plight of our Caribbean neighbour. Further, calls for assistance for relief items and supplies by the Government of Haiti will be issued to the public on all social media platforms via #wecanhelpHaiti and the Ministry of Public Administration and Communications’ Facebook or Twitter page @mpactt.



Issued by:-

Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit

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