Tuesday 25 September, 2018

Damage assessment and needs analysis continue following earthquake

The National Emergency Operations Centre is currently coordinating assessments of all critical infrastructure, government buildings and roadways, following Tuesday’s earthquake.

The Office of the Disaster Preparedness Management (ODPM) provided an update on Friday.

It said priority has been given to the completion of the Initial Damage Assessments and Needs Analysis across all sectors, with the focus being directed to governmental/ government-used critical facilities, including educational institutions and other buildings.

The ODPM said representatives from various state agencies continue to be stationed at the National Operations Centre to coordinate and verify information for public updates. 

Citizens impacted that require assistance with conducting inspections, following the development of cracks or signs of damage have been advised to contact their respective Municipal Corporation or the Tobago Emergency Management Agency.

The OPDM said aftershocks will continue and may be at a magnitude large enough to be felt.

It said all first responder agencies are on alert to provide assistance in the event of aftershocks.

The state agency therefore reminded citizens to stay calm.

It also warned against the creation and circulation of fake content, which can cause unnecessary panic or concern to citizens and visitors.



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