Municipal Corporations ramp up flood prep ahead of rains
With Trinidad and Tobago officially in the rainy season, major work has been undertaken by the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government along with its 14 Municipal Corporations, in collaboration with other state agencies.
Minister of Rural Development and Local Government Kazim Hosein advised that all necessary provisions are being put in place to mitigate any adverse effects.
In an update on its flood and disaster preparation exercises on Tuesday, the Ministry said bulk and white waste removal, rodent baiting and mosquito spraying have been ongoing through the Corporations’ Public Health Units.
Local drains and minor water courses are being cleared on a monthly basis, with around 2,500,000 metres of box drain have been cleaned to date. A tree cutting exercise is also underway to clear public spaces of any potential threat to life or property.
Priority has also been given to the clearing of illegal dumpsites as indiscriminate dumping of garbage blocks water courses and directly contributes to flash flooding.
The Ministry has continued to provide disaster management training via its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer training programme.
Participants are trained to provide first responder support in the event of a disaster through emergency medical operations, sandbag wall construction and search and rescue operations. This training has been ongoing in municipalities prone to flooding and coordinated by Disaster Management Units in each Corporation.
The Ministry has assured, however, that its Disaster Management personnel are trained and equipped to:
- mobilise and coordinate first responders
- manage community shelters
- coordinate relief activities during a natural disaster
- assist in assessment exercises to facilitate grant applications offered by other government agencies
- and most importantly, to assist affected residents so they are not cut off from other areas.
Citizens are urged to remain vigilant and complete necessary preparations, especially those residing in flood prone areas. Citizens are also advised to secure their personal documents, put together an emergency kit with first aid and basic food supplies, as well as pay attention to weather alerts during this period.
All Disaster Management Units are equipped with 24-hour hotline numbers and will be there to provide assistance if needed.
These numbers are:
Arima Borough Corporation - 800-2ABC (2222)
Chaguanas Borough Corporation - 800-DCBC (3222)
Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation 800-CTTC (2882)
Diego Martin Regional Corporation 800-DMRC (3672)
Penal/Debe Regional Corporation 800- PDRC (7372)
Point Fortin Regional Corporation 800-PFBC (7322)
Princes Town Regional Corporation 800- PTRC (7872)
Port of Spain City Corporation 800-PSCC (7722)
San Fernando City Corporation 800-SCDU (7238)
Sangre Grande Regional Corporation 800-SGRC (7472)
San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation 800-SLRC (7572)
Siparia Regional Corporation 800-4SRC (4772)
Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation 800-TPRC (8772)
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