The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government (MoRDLG) has released the 2019/2020 emergency shelters across Trinidad, ahead of Gonzalo.
Each Municipal Corporation has identified a number of locations that can serve as an emergency shelter. In the event that a shelter is activated, the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government will inform the public.
Corporations are also equipped with sandbags for distribution.
In the event of an emergency following inclement weather, your respective disaster management units, in addition to the TTPS, TTFS and EMT’s attached to the Global Medical Response of Trinidad and Tobago (GMRTT) will be the first responder.
Arima Borough Corporation
DMU Hotline: 800-2222 (2ABC)
Chaguanas Borough Corporation
DMU Hotline: 800-3222 (DCBC)
Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation
DMU Hotline: 800-2882 (CTTC)
Diego Martin Regional Corporation
DMU Hotline: 800-3672 (DMRC)
Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation
DMU Hotline: 800-4672 (4MRC)
Penal/Debe Regional Corporation
DMU Hotline: 800-7372 (PDRC)
Point Fortin Borough Corporation
DMU Hotline: 800-7322 (PFBC)
Port of Spain City Corporation
DMU Hotline: 800-7722 (PSCC)
Princes Town Regional Corporation
DMU Hotline: 800-7872 (PTRC)
San Fernando City Corporation
DMU Hotline: 800-7238 (SCDU)
San Juan/Lavantille Regional Corporation
DMU Hotline: 800-7572 (SLRC)
Sangre Grande Regional Corporation
DMU Hotline: 800-7472 (SGRC)
Siparia Regional Corporation
DMU Hotline: 800-4772 (4SRC)
Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation
DMU Hotline: 800-8772 (TPRC)
Tobago Emergency Management Agency
TEMA Hotline: 211
- Canaan/Bon Accord Community Centre
- Canaan Church of the Nazarene
- Carnbee/Mt. Pleasant Community Centre
- Castara Community Centre
- Castara Government School
- Charlotteville Community Centre
- Delaford AC School
- Delaford Community Centre
- Delaford R.C School
- Des Vignes Road Government
- Dwight Yorke Stadium
- Ebenezer Methodist School
- Glamorgan Village Council
- Golden Lane Community Council
- Golden Lane Village Council
- Goodwood Community Centre
- Hope Anglican Church
- Hope Anglican School
- Hope Community Centre
- John Roberts Memorial School Of S.D.A
- Kendall Farm School
- Lambeau AC Church
- Lambeau Community Centre
- Lanse Fourmi Community Centre
- Les Coteaux Community Centre
- Les Coteaux Methodist Church
- Mardon House
- Mason Hall Community Centre
- Mason Hall Government School
- Mason Hall Methodist Church
- Mason Hall Secondary School
- Montgomery Government School
- Moriah Community Centre
- Moriah Government School
- Moriah Morivian Church
- Mt. Grace/Harmony Hall Community Centre
- Mt. St. George Community Centre
- Mt. St. George Methodist School
- Mt. St. George Youth Camp
- Mt. Pleasant Anglican School
- Mt. Pleasant Anglican Church
- Parlatuvier Anglican School
- Patience Hill Community Centre
- Patience Hill Government School
- Pembroke AC School
- Pembroke Community Center
- Plymouth Anglican School
- Plymouth School For The Deaf
- Plymouth / Bethesda Community Centre
- Roxborough AC School
- Roxborough Composite School
- Roxborough Pentecostal Church
- Scarborough Ac Church
- Scarborough Pentecostal Church
- Scarborough S.D.A Complex
- Scarborough Secondary School
- Signal Hill Community Centre
- Signal Hill Government School
- Signal Hill Secondary Comprehensive School
- Speyside Anglican Church
- Speyside Anglican School
- Speyside Community Centre
- Table Piece Government School
- Whim Anglican School
- Whim Police Youth Club
Even if you don’t have to evacuate to an emergency shelter, the OPDM also advises citizens to prepare a disaster kit which includes the following:
- Food: Maintain enough nonperishable food for each person for at least 72 hours.
- Water: Store enough so each person has a gallon a day for 72 hours, preferably for one week. Store in airtight containers and replace them every six months. Store disinfectants such as iodine tablets or chlorine bleach, eight drops per gallon, to purify water if necessary.
- First aid kit: Make sure it is well stocked, especially with bandages and disinfectants.
- Fire extinguisher: Your fire extinguisher should be suitable for all types of fires. Teach all family members how to use it.
- Flashlights with extra batteries: Keep flashlights beside your bed and in several other locations. Do not use matches or candles until you are certain there are no gas leaks.
- Radios: Store radio with battery backup, portable radio or portable television with extra batteries: Telephones may be out of order or limited to emergency use. A radio, portable radio or portable television may be your best source of information.
- Miscellaneous items: Extra blankets, clothing, shoes, and money. Wear sturdy shoes just in case you need to walk through rubble and debris.
- Alternative cooking sources: Store a barbeque or camping stove for outdoor camping.
- Caution: Ensure there are no gas leaks before you use any kind of fire as a cooking source and never use charcoal indoors. Gasoline-powered appliances should be filled away from ignition sources.
- Special items: Have at least 72 hours of medications and food for infants and those with special needs. Don’t forget diapers.
- Tools: Have an adjustable or pipe wrench for turning off gas and water and a shovel or broom for cleaning up.
- Pets: Assemble an animal emergency supply kit and develop a pet care buddy system with friends or relatives to make sure someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be sure each of your pets has a tag with your name and phone number. Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to plan for your pets.
Pay attention to directions from emergency managers, police and others and obey instructions in the event of an evacuation.