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"We want to look at ad hoc
plans to dismiss the school chil-
dren. It can only be determined
by the professionals in our midst.
We are speaking about that kind
of management. Then, we can we
go ahead and truly proclaim it in
Asked if T&T was ready for a
disaster he said, "I don t think we
are. It s only when people see
things are amiss. The whole world
is under water."
On June 2, Lee Sing hosted a
Disaster Preparedness Calypso
Competition to sensitise young
people and children about natural
disasters. It took place at City Hall,
Asked about plans for the
schools Ramroop said, "We went
to schools and we did drills with
the students. The fire services con-
ducted a number of drills. And on
March 20, the Tunapuna and the
Port-of-Spain City Corporation
conducted live drills at a number
of schools. A number of corpora-
tions did evacuations for schools.
On a weekly basis, the ODPM con-
ducts a number of drills in a num-
ber of schools across the country."
In a previous interview (June 13,
2011) Ramroop had said schools
would have been targeted via drills.
The ODPM, he had said, was
working to ensure every school
undertakes a fire, tsunami and
earthquake drill once a term.
Ramroop said what really deter-
mines a country s survival was
how people in communities
"No matter how good we are,
if the communities are not resilient
like the Japanese we would have
an increased loss of life like Haiti."
On January 12, 2010, an earthquake
rocked Port-au-Prince, Haiti, killing
about 300,000 people. To date, they
have begun the process of rebuilding.
But there is still a lot of work to be
done in poverty-stricken Haiti.
Lee Sing waits on
Gopeesingh to sign off
Port-of-Spain mayor Louis Lee Sing,
meanwhile, says he is waiting on Edu-
cation Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh to
sign off on the evacuation plan for Port-
Lee Sing said he intends to meet with
Gopeesingh to discuss details like school
dismissal drawn from the evacuation
plan. He said the meeting was tenta-
tively set for next week.
Asked about the evacuation plan,
Lee Sing said, "I have received com-
munication asking for an urgent meet-
ing with Gopeesingh to define his role
when we discuss the egress plans for
PoS. We have an evacuation plan but
it is contingent upon Gopeesingh sign-
ing off on it.
"We have had flooding in the past
and before you know it somebody takes
the decision to send about 20,000 chil-
dren home. It means about 20,000
parents are leaving the city in a haste.
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If egress becomes necessary due to severe
flooding, people who are indoors will shelter-in-
place, preferably on high ground, monitor radio and
television broadcasts, until it is deemed safe by
the Incident Commander for them to leave the
building. This applies to all workers and students.
The Downtown Owners and Merchants
Association and all ministries will make the
necessary provisions for shelter-in-place
operations that exceed the stipulated school and
work hours respectively.
The transient population requiring public transport
to leave the city will be encouraged to make their
way to one of the loading bays or transport hubs
like Woodford Square (Primary) and Woodford
West Hub---MovieTowne (Primary)
Hasely Crawford Stadium (Alternative)
East Hub---VMCOTT (Primary)
North Hub---Wild Flowers Park (Primary)
King George V Park (Alternative)
Self-egress by vehicle
• Exit PoS utilising designated egress routes
• People entering or leaving PoS to the west will
use Tragarete Road through St James. They can
also use Long Circular Road through St James.
• People entering or leaving PoS to the east will
use the Lady Young Road, Morvant, or Belmont
• Alternatively, the Santa Cruz Road can also be
• No private vehicle will be used south of Duke
As much as is reasonably possible, people
travelling to go to communities on the outskirts
of PoS, that is, Belmont, St Clair, St James,
Cascade, Maraval, Woodbrook, Newtown and
East Port-of-Spain are encouraged to walk if
After the egress of the transient population and
the all-clear instruction is given, people
sheltering-in-place will be given the option to
leave the city, if they so desire.
At this point the transportation system within
the city will return to its normal operations
People who are unable to get to the hubs,
designated emergency vehicles will stop at pre-
determined locations along the emergency
Traffic lights along these routes will blink red,
yellow and green to indicate its use as an
emergency route. However emergency vehicles
must still approach with caution.
Private vehicles wishing to enter PoS via the
Churchill-Roosevelt Highway must exit at the
CRH/Uriah Butler Highway junction and continue
their journey along the Eastern Main Road to
Morvant Junction. The same holds for people
leaving south Trinidad going into PoS.
Co-ordinators will be stationed at each hub and
All emergency routes are to be used by
emergency vehicles only.
The east bound lane of the Beetham Highway, is
designated for emergency vehicles only.
Directed west along the Beetham Highway, the
left lane should be designated for the ingress of
emergency response vehicles only.
All other streets will retain their normal
orientation with respect with respect to traffic
All interactions and traffic control points will be
manned by the T&T Police Service and Defence
EGRESS GUIDE OF PORT-OF-SPAIN
'Trinis have a laid back approach'
PREPARING FOR NATURAL DISASTERS
From Page A6
Prof John Agard
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