July 26, 2012:
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) showed its commitment to comprehensive disaster management by engaging the Disaster Management Units (DMUs) of the Ministry of Local Government (MOLG) and other relevant stakeholders in a Tabletop Table Exercise (TTX) on Tuesday, July 24th 2012. This is a part of the organisation’s Readiness Project whereby the ODPM aims to ensure that the necessary parties fully recognize and understand their role in disaster management.
The following agencies participated in the exercise: Port of Spain City Corporation (POSCC), San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation (SJLRC), Diego Martin Regional Corporation (DMRC), Ministry Of Local Government(MOLG), Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service (TTFS), Trinidad and Tobago Police Service – Interagency Task Force (TTPS IATF),Radio Emergency Associated Teams (REACT), Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC), Ministry of Works and Infrastructure – Traffic Management Branch (MOWI) and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM).
The agencies participated in simulated response and relief efforts to different incidents. The exercise was primarily based on a severe weather event impacting the north-western part of Trinidad and required participants to respond in accordance with their respective Emergency Response Plans, in particular, the Port of Spain Egress Plan.
ODPM staff served as evaluators, identified gaps and made recommendations to avoid errors should an actual emergency situation arise. The ODPM will continue to conduct similar activities for all stakeholders as it continues to build a culture of safety and resilience within Trinidad and Tobago.