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ODPM THANKS ALL STAKEHOLDERS WHO PARTICIPATED IN INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DISASTER REDUCTION 2017 ACTIVITIES TO COLLECT INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE Monday 16th October 2017

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Monday October 16, 2017 – 5:00 p.m.

ODPM THANKS ALL STAKEHOLDERS WHO PARTICIPATED IN INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DISASTER REDUCTION 2017 ACTIVITIES TO COLLECT INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE

On Saturday 14th October, 2017 the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) collaborated with the University of the West Indies’ Geography students, Regional Corporations’ Disaster Management Units (DMUs) and ODPM’s Volunteer Corps to obtain indigenous knowledge of communities by piloting a Strategic Targeting Methodology (STM) Tool.

This tool, engineered by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and key international stakeholders, was piloted in the Diego Martin, Sangre Grande and Kelly Village areas. Activities at each location sought to commemorate International Day for Disaster Reduction 2017 and recognise First People’s Day which was commemorated on Friday 13th October, 2017.

The survey allowed students to capture historical events and indigenous knowledge on river bank erosion, landslides, flood prone areas and some of the challenges related to disaster preparedness in each community. The data gathered in each community was wide-ranging, diverse and abundant. Parents and community members responded positively to the validation of their experiences and willingly participated.

Most importantly, the ODPM shared information on the roles and responsibilities of first responders, highlighting the Regional Corporations’ DMUs are citizens’ first point of contact in emergency situations. Community members also learnt from their DMU’s how to build an effective sandbag wall, basic First Aid and GIS Mapping of Shelters, as well as evacuation routes.

The ODPM acknowledges the efforts made by citizens to come out and share their knowledge on hazards and their frequency. Special thanks must also be given to the DMUs who facilitated this event and UWI students who kept citizens engaged in identifying risks in their vulnerable communities. The information gathered from the survey will be used to support the refinement of the Municipal Emergency Plans across Trinidad and Tobago. Additionally, the content of the survey will support the seven targets of the Sendai Framework, specifically Target B-“to reduce the number of people affected by disasters by 2030”. The ODPM is especially appreciative of volunteers who assisted by engaging community members and sharing safety information on hurricanes, earthquakes and flooding.

The ODPM continues to implore all citizens of Trinidad and Tobago to build their awareness levels and resilience, so they can reduce the impact of hazards on their lives. Citizens are encouraged to visit www.odpm.gov.tt to learn more about IDDR 2017 and to enter our social media competition to win a disaster kit. It is simple, use the hashtags #ODPMIDDR2017 and #liveslostindisastermatter and inbox us pictures of your preparedness activities. Weekly entries will be featured on our Facebook page. The picture with the most likes will be the winner, be prepared and enter now.
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Issued by:
Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit, publicinfo.odpm@gmail.com
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