Local Government ready to respond to affected communities
All Disaster Management Units are on alert and in a state of readiness to respond to affected Municipalities.
As first responders, the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government has ensured that all Disaster Management Units across the 14 municipalities are placed on alert and in a state of readiness to respond to any complaints of damage or loss to property due to the recent inclement weather.
Reports coming in to the Senior Disaster Management Coordinator at the Ministry have indicated that the Municipalities affected are Port of Spain, Diego Martin, Tunapuna/Piarco, Chaguanas, Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo, San Juan/Laventille, Princes Town and Sangre Grande. Disaster Management Units for the Tunapuna, Port of Spain and Diego Martin areas were activated for safe removal of fallen trees and affected power lines.
An all of Government approach has been implemented with all stakeholder agencies, including the Ministry of Works and Transport, Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management and other first response agencies to respond where needed. In addition, all Mayors, Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers, along with their respective technical teams are in full response mode, to provide any assistance needed by burgesses who were affected by the recent torrential rains. Clean-Up efforts and Initial Damage Assessments have begun as of 7am today and will continue until normalcy is regained across all affected municipalities.
The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government continues to encourage citizens, especially those residing in flood prone areas, to add the 24-hour Disaster Management Hotline numbers to their list of emergency contacts and to take the necessary precautions to protect their property and lives.