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PUBLIC ADVISORY - Saturday 10th February, 2018 – 8:30 am

EMERGENCY SAFETY TIPS DURING THE CARNIVAL SEASON 2018
In keeping with the commitment to build the resilience and capacity of Trinidad and Tobago, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) wishes to advise all citizens of multiple public safety tips for Carnival 2018. The ODPM’s National Emergency Operations Center remains in monitoring mode at this time and we continue to engage all our key stakeholders including the Strategic Services Agency (SSA), the Municipal Corporations Disaster Management Units (DMUs), Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), Radio Emergency Associated Communications Team (REACT), TT Fire Service, TT Defence Force, TT Police Service, Port Authority, Airports Authority, the Health Sector, various Ministries and National Agencies, event organisers, venue managers, educational institutions as well as members of the civil, public and private sectors.

During this exciting and busy Carnival season, the ODPM wishes to underscore the importance of protecting yourself and your loved ones with these nine simple tips for staying safe:
1. Utilise carpooling and park-and-ride services. This eases traffic congestion on the roadways and minimises the risk of accidents.
2. Create identification bands or labels for your child. In crowds it is possible for children to become lost and to forget important contact numbers, addresses or their parents’ names.
3. Reinforce who are the best people to ask for help. Make it clear to your child that he/she is not to approach persons who look suspicious within their environment. Ensure they are able to recognise uniforms and name badges, e.g. security guards and police officers.
4. Play the “What Am I Wearing?” game. Tell your child to take a good look at you, then close his/her eyes and let them recite what you are wearing. If you get separated, it can help them locate you in a crowd or describe you to a helpful adult.
5. Take a digital picture of each child. If one of them gets lost, you can show the authorities a current picture of your child wearing recent clothing items.
6. Tell children younger than 10 to stay put if you are separated. Young children should never exit the venue but should remain where they are so you can find them.
7. Agree on a designated meeting place in case you get separated. Never choose the entrance to a venue or the parking lot. The ideal meeting place is an information centre, ticket booth or a clearly noticeable landmark.
8. Have your children carry identification. This should be hidden in a pocket or affixed to the inside of a garment.
9. Report your child or family member if they go missing, as soon as you realise it.

The ODPM remains committed to building the resilience and ensuring the safety of all citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. We wish to remind you to take all precautions to preserve life and property. Should you experience any emergencies, please contact our Customer Care Centre at 511 or 999, 911 in Trinidad and 211 for the Tobago Emergency Management Agency. For additional safety tips and information, check our website www.odpm.gov.tt.

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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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