The ODPM gets T&T ready

Trincity, Tacrigua, July 23rd, 2013 (ODPM) - Trinidad and Tobago has been identified as a Level 1 or likely to lose more than 80% of its capital infrastructure in a one-in-250 year earthquake according to the United Nations Global Assessment Report (GAR) 2013.

Dr. Stephen Ramroop, CEO of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) urges that “It is no longer business as usual with respect to Disaster Risk Management as many international organisations are taking heed and are now strengthening their risk management capacities.”


The Global Platform of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) provides strategic and coherent guidance for implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action, a 10-year plan designed to make the world safer and more resilient from all hazards.

To build capacity in all sectors including the private sector, the ODPM is stepping up programmes for mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) across Trinidad and Tobago. Since its inception, the ODPM has led campaigns throughout Trinidad and Tobago on disaster risk reduction across communities, government agencies, NGOs and the private sector with the goal of building a more resilient nation.A cross section of the participants at the “Introduction to Disaster Risk Management” training programme which took place recently in Port of Spain

In this thrust to achieve National Disaster Readiness for Trinidad and Tobago and it’s sub regional Focal Point territories (Grenada, Guyana and Suriname), the ODPM has recently initiated a series of disaster management programmes the first of which was a two-day Introduction to Disaster Risk Management. This course was attended by a cross section of executives from state enterprises, government agencies as well as private sector organisations.

The course covered modules including Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) and the Disaster Management Planning Process (DMPP). A comprehensive DMP comprises an Emergency Response Plan (ERP), a Crisis Communications Plan (CCP) and a Business Continuity Management Plan (BCMP).


Participants are expected to incorporate this knowledge for development of their propriety in- house Disaster Management Plans. ODPM will provide guidance as needed, to participants in the completion of their plans.

Additionally, course participants are expected to achieve the following:

  • Incorporate Business Continuity Management (BCM) into their operational practices
  • Identify critical infrastructure assets, locations and vulnerabilities
  • Establish secure communications capabilities and protocols for emergencies
  • Develop Emergency Response Teams and training to provide effective first response to hazardous events

Module 1 - is scheduled to run through December 15 2013 with dates and availability posted on the ODPM website

Module 2 – comprises a 5–Day Practitioner’s Course for Disaster Management Certification credit. This module will commence in January 2014 and run through July 2014. Information for this course will be posted to the ODPM website ( in September 2013.Dr. Stephen Ramroop ODPM CEO (standing) in group discussion engaging participants at the “Introduction to Disaster Risk Management” training programme

Please contact the ODPM for course details and availability:

Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management
4A Orange Grove Road,
Trinicity, Tacarigua,
Tel: 868-640-1285

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