Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management

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.

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.