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FAQs 2022 DRY SEASON SMS TEST

Frequently Asked Questions on the 2022 Dry Season SMS Test

 

  1. When and what is the dry season?

The dry season occurs during January to May and is symbolised by a tropical maritime climate which is characterized by moderate to strong low level winds, warm days and cool nights, with rainfall mostly in the form of showers due to daytime convection.

  1. Who declares the start of the dry season?

As the start of the dry season does not occur on a fixed date every year, an official declaration of the season’s commencement is issued by Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service when climatic patterns and changes in features are indicative of the region having transitioned to a drier state.

  1. When can I expect the SMS alert? 

The SMS alert is issued by the two telecommunication service providers (Digicel and Bmobile). The timing of the SMS is determined by the company and not the ODPM. Persons in various areas can receive the SMS alert at different times, thus it is important for citizens to take the time to indicate when and where they received the alert. 

  1. What is the survey for?

The ODPM is collecting data to assess who received the SMS Alert, when it was received and where persons were located when it was received. This data will be used for the improvement of the National Emergency Mass Notification System. The results will allow us to assess the rate at which the message was disseminated across the country and within communities. 

  1. If I have an account with both telecommunication service providers, do I need to complete the survey twice? 

Yes, it is important to complete the survey on both occasions, as there may be a time difference worth assessing in the future. 

  1. Who will see receive my survey responses?

The ODPM will securely store all survey responses, and this information will not be shared with 3rd parties.

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