The Ministry of National Security, through the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), has allocated over nine million, two hundred thousand dollars ($9,200,000.00) to boost the capabilities of this country’s disaster response agencies.
On Friday, Minister of National Security Stuart Young presented disaster relief items to nine organisations. The initiative is to better provide relief and recovery assistance to the public in times of emergency.
The organisations to receive disaster stores to be utilized in times of emergencies are:
- the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government;
- Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries;
- Ministry of Health;
- Ministry of Social Development and Family Services;
- Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force;
- Trinidad and Tobago Police Service;
- Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service;
- the Tobago Emergency Management Agency
- Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society.
The ODPM will oversee distribution of the relief supplies to the nine organisations over the coming weeks.
Relief items include rescue rope ladders, high performance chemical suits, full body harnesses, safety straps, fire blankets, aluminum stretchers, bow saws, pickaxes, hand cranked portable generators, walkers, walking sticks, bedpans, crutches, bio hazard waste bags, quad canes, hydraulic bottle jacks, kerosene lanterns, workmen safety gloves and fuel containers.
Speaking at the Handover Ceremony, Minister Young gave the reassurance that the Ministry of National Security will continue to promote an integrated and robust Whole-Of-Government Approach to disaster risk management.
He stated that collaboration among all state agencies is critical in disaster situations in order to ensure resilient communities.
Bringing remarks on behalf of the receiving organisations, Minister of Rural Development and Local Government Senator Kazim Hosein thanked the Ministry of National Security for increasing the capacity of response agencies to better assist communities in the event of a disaster.
Chief Executive Officer of the ODPM Major General (Retired) Rodney Smart described the pre-positioning of disaster relief items as an innovative initiative, aimed at enabling a more effective relief distribution system, which will aid in building a more disaster resilient nation.
Also present at the Handover Ceremony were Members of the Diplomatic Corps; Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of National Security Mr. Vel Lewis; Permanent Secretaries from partner Government Ministries; and Heads of the Defence and Protective Services.