The Children’s Authority responds to national disaster
The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago joins with the national community in extending prayers and best wishes, to those who have been affected by devastating floodwaters, over the past few days.
The Authority notes that during times of disaster children are one of the most vulnerable groups. Therefore, parents and guardians are advised that while clean-up efforts are underway, they need to be vigilant and ensure that their children are properly supervised, at all times.
The Authority says that while adults are processing their significant losses and grieving, children are also affected. In many instances, the trauma, as a result of the devastation, affects a child’s physical, mental and emotional health.
As far as possible, adults should help children cope by firstly dealing with their own response to the disaster. It is expected that parents will be frustrated, however they should allow and encourage children to express their feelings about the situation, rather than scold them for being in the way.
Parents and guardians should also develop activities that will keep children occupied, as they cope with and recover from the disaster. Children should also be advised of the dangers of swimming in floodwaters and discouraged from doing so.
Meanwhile, the Authority is collecting the following items for children:
- School Supplies: Book bags, lunch bags, socks, sneakers, stationery
- Baby Supplies: Milk, cereal, pampers, wipes, soap, feeding bottles
- Other items - Toiletries (soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, sanitary napkins)
Items may be dropped off at the following offices of the Authority from 8:00am to 4:00pm until Friday 26th October, 2018:
- 35A Wrightson Road, Port of Spain
- Chattergoon’s Court, 48 Harris Street, San Fernando