Update on Guanapo Landfill

The Guanapo Landfill is expected to resume regular operations today.

A statement from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development indicates that several regional corporations spent the weekend working jointly with SWMCOL teams, as well as the T&T Fire Service and WASA, on smoke and fire suppression initiatives at the site.

The landfill's operations were shut down last Wednesday January 29th, because of a fire on the site.

Tsunami drill in Carenage this week

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM)—in collaboration with UNESCO/IOC-CTIC and the Diego Martin Regional Corporation—will conduct a Community Tsunami Drill between School Street and Abbe Poujade Street, Carenage, this week.

The drill is scheduled to run from 10:00 am to Noon, on Wednesday 5th February 2020, and will also include officials from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) and the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service (TTFS).

ODPM boss clears air on flood response

The head of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) is seeking to refute claims that there is too much red tape involved in mobilising aid for flood affected areas.

The claim was made by Penal/Debe Regional Corporation Chairman, Dr Allan Sammy, but his statements are puzzling the ODPM head.

According to Major General (Ret) Rodney Smart, resources were immediately made ready for the Corporation and he's now wondering if Dr Sammy understands how the ODPM functions in such cases.

Too much red tape made flooding crisis worse

A call is being made to remove every strip of red tape when executing emergency services during a national crisis.

It comes from chairman of the Penal / Debe Regional Corporation, Dr Allen Sammy, as he slammed state agencies for their delay in assisting the thousands affected by recent flooding in parts of south Trinidad.

Unprecedented flooding in the Penal / Debe Regional Corporation has left thousands counting their losses.

Flooding woes continue

Thirty-five families have been rescued from floodwaters in Penal, and several other families have managed to make their way out of danger to stay with relatives.

Confirmation came today from local government councillor for Penal, Shanti Boodram, who also is a flood victim, herself.

The Penal councillor told Guardian Media that many people have lost everything in their homes, as well as their crops, their livestock and their livelihoods to the raging flood waters.

Orange Level Riverine Flood Warning now in effect

The Riverine Flood Alert has been upgraded, and an Orange Level Riverine Flood Warning is now in full effect.

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Services (TTMS) issued the warning just after midday, today.

Forecasters warn that isolated light to moderate showers are expected this afternoon with a low (30%) chance of heavy showers or thunderstorms. Run-off from rainfall over the last 24 hours continues to reach some of the smaller water courses and as a result, impacted areas remain inundated as flood waters are still slowly on the rise in southern Trinidad.

ODPM, State Agencies Prepare For 2020 Fire & Dry Season

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) met with several governmental stakeholders to plan and prepare for the upcoming 2020 dry season.

Fires and the start of the fire season were at the forefront of discussion.

Retired Major General and CEO of the ODPM, Rodney Smart, stated that we need “to start thinking of the harsh conditions we could have in the 2020 Dry Season and prepare, so we don’t have a disaster or disaster conditions in T&T,” alluding to the catastrophic fires in California and Australia in the last few weeks.


Volcanic craters widen at Piparo

The frac­tures around the Pi­paro vol­cano are con­tin­u­ing to widen while in­creased gaseous emis­sions are be­ing record­ed by geo­sci­en­tists who are mon­i­tor­ing the vol­cano on a week­ly ba­sis.

In prepa­ra­tion for an im­pend­ing erup­tion, all State agen­cies met for a plan­ning ses­sion at the Pi­paro Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­tre on Thurs­day.