ODPM - The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) provides information and guidance and coordinates resources and services to ensure that you and your family:

  • Are prepared in the event of a disaster.
  • Know what to do during a disaster.
  • Can recover after a disaster.

ODPM, formerly the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), falls under the authority of the Ministry of National Security.

What information and guidance does ODPM provide?

ODPM provides information about different types of natural and man-made disasters, including hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tropical cyclones, storm surges and tsunamis, forest fires and chemical emergencies. The Office also publishes:

  • Emergency plans to increase your family's and community's level of disaster preparedness.
  • Emergency guides on what to do in each type of disaster.
Please follow the link below to review the information, emergency plans and emergency guides.

ODPM Resources

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What resources and services are coordinated by ODPM?

The ODPM works through organisations such as Fire, Police, the Defence Force and emergency health services to respond to emergencies.  The magnitude of a disaster may require that ODPM's Task Force be activated.  In this case, representatives from organisations with responsibilities for telecommunications, search and rescue, health, critical facilities, traffic control and law enforcement, heavy equipment, road clearance and transportation may also be called upon.

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Where can I find more information?

For more information, visit the ODPM website using the link below.  You may also contact an ODPM office at the address below.  ODPM offices are open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, except public holidays.  ODPM offices may be open 24 hours a day during emergency situations.

ODPM Trinidad Office
4A Orange Grove Road
Trincity, Tacarigua
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 640-1285/8905/8653/6493
Fax. (868) 640-8988

ODPM Tobago Office
Tobago House of Assembly
Fairfield Building
Tobago, West Indies
Tel. (868) 660-7489
Fax. (868) 660-7657

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) website

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