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ODPM's Media Release on Relief Items - Tuesday 4th July 2017 -

Tuesday 4th July, 2017 – 10:00 a.m.

ODPM partners with Civil Society to provide Relief Items

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) has partnered with the Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society (TTRCS) to synergise relief and response efforts between civil society, private sector, and governmental organisations after the passage of Tropical Storm Bret.

The TTRCS is the largest international humanitarian organisation in the country and has the relevant standing operating procedures which allow the seamless distribution of relief assistance utilising their sixteen (16) detachments in Trinidad. Eight (8) are located in the North and eight (8) in the South. The partnership between TTRCS and ODPM creates faster distribution channels, with proper checks and balances to ensure relief supplies are distributed to impacted citizens in a fair and equitable manner.

Thus far, the ODPM has supported the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government’s Regional Corporations in their relief activities by issuing items such as those listed below, inclusive of wheelchairs for vulnerable persons who also suffered losses due to Tropical Storm Bret. However, there is still a call for relief supplies by the Regional Corporations, as they continue recovery activities in rainy season weather conditions.

Consequently, the ODPM advises citizens wishing to donate items to be mindful of the relief supplies being requested at this time, such as:-

• Disinfectant*
• Bleach*
• Mopping Liquid*
• Hygiene Items* (Bathing Soap, Toothpaste and tooth brushes)
• Push brooms with handles
• Mops with handles
• Mop cans
• Buckets
• Full Size, 3 x 6 or 4 x 6 Sheet Sets
• Pillows
• Blankets
• Laundry Soap
• 3 x 6 Mattresses
• 4 x 6 Mattresses
• 2x2x12 lumber
• Pitch Pine wooden nails (one, two and five pound/s)
• Workman Safety Gloves
• Square mouth shovels
• Rakes
• Large Garbage bags
• 20 x 24 Tarpaulins
• 24 x 30 Tarpaulins
*These items are requested preferably by the case, but all donations are welcomed.

TTRCS is ready to accept all donations at their main offices located at:
1) Headquarters 2) Southern Branch
7a Fitzblackman Drive, 2 Ruth Avenue,
Wrightson Road, San Fernando
Port of Spain. Telephone Number – 652-2024
Telephone Contact – 627-8215

Please be reminded that if you are impacted and in need of assistance you MUST request aid from your Regional Corporation, so that items donated can be distributed. You CANNOT go directly to the previously mentioned Red Cross Offices for relief supplies.

Impacted citizens are also reminded that they can also access the under mentioned items from the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services through their respective Regional Corporations:-

• Bed (with mattress)
• Mattress
• Living room set
• Dining room set
• Chest of drawers
• Washing machine
• Wardrobe
• Stove
• Kitchen cupboard
• Refrigerator
• Food

The ODPM as the National Office for Disaster Management is coordinating with all relevant agencies, including the Regional Corporations’ Disaster Management Units, to support their relief activities.
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ENDS
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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