Thursday 12 December, 2019

Ministry, regional corporations prepare for rainy season

Government agencies are ramping up preparations as the rainy season continues to bring rainfall across Trinidad and Tobago.

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government said in a statement issued June 18 that it has been working in tandem with the municipal corporations to ensure that preparations are underway in flood-prone areas. 

"While inclement weather may be unpredictable and devastating, the Senior Disaster Management Coordinator, and the Municipal Corporations through their Disaster Management and Public Health Units have taken a number of steps to mitigate the effects of flooding and other natural disasters such as, the cleaning of local drains and minor watercourses, cutting of trees that may create a hazard, and the training of volunteers in Community Emergency Response (CERT), Shelter Management, and First Aid," the Ministry said.

Municipal Corporations have also made efforts to stock both sandbags and sand for pre-event distribution in areas vulnerable to flooding; and also offer bulk and white waste garbage collections services, mosquito spraying, canine collection and rodent baiting.

The Ministry said Disaster Management personnel are also equipped to support in the following ways:

- Assist persons affected by inclement weather incidents with the grant application process from other government agencies;

- Implement temporary measures to ensure that communities are not cut off;

- Mobilize and coordinate volunteer first responders;

- Manage community shelters and;

- Coordinate relief activities during an incident.

"In the absence of an approved national disaster management policy from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government has worked with the Municipal Corporations and their burgesses to establish a regional policy for shelter and incident management."

"This provides for an organized all-of-Corporation relief effort that can be effectively implemented. It will further ensure that disaster-affected persons are able to seek out facilities in times of need, and that the facilities are properly staffed and equipped to serve the public," the Ministry said.

(Video footage shared in September 2017, showing heavy flash flooding in parts of Port of Spain.)

The Ministry is also urging all residents, including those in flood-prone areas, to make sure to secure their property and personal items safely and to be mindful of weather warnings during inclement weather.

It is also advised that persons put together emergency kits with basic supplies and food in case they must leave their households during a disaster.

Please keep the following hotline numbers close in case of emergencies:

Diego Martin Regional Corporation - 800-DMRC (3672)

San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation - 800-SLRC (7572)

Arima Borough Corporation - 800-2ABC (2222)

Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation - 800-TPRC (8272)

Port-of-Spain City Corporation - 800-PSCC (7722)

Sangre Grande Regional Corporation - 800-SGRC (7472) 

Chaguanas Borough Corporation - 800-DCBC (3222)

Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation - 800-CTTC (2882)

Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation - 800-4MRC (4672)

Princes Town Regional Corporation - 800-PTRC (7872)

Point Fortin Borough Corporation - 800-PFBC (7322)

San Fernando City Corporation - 800-SCDU (7238)

Penal/Debe Regional Corporation - 800-PDRC (7372)

Siparia Regional Corporation - 800-4SRC (4772)


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