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ODPM and TSTT partner to provide Emergency Short Messaging Service

Trinidad - Early warning and public information play an important role in disaster risk management. In light of this, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) partnered with the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) to establish an Emergency Short Message Service (ESMS) broadcasting agreement which was launched today, at the Head Office of the Ministry of National Security on Abercromby Street, Port of Spain. In attendance at this launch were the Minister of National Security, Senator the Honourable Brigadier John Sandy; Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Honourable Subhas Panday; Deputy Permanent Secretary, Desdra Bascombe; Chief Executive Officer of the ODPM, Colonel (Ret’d) George Robinson; Executive Vice President of Mobile Services and Legal of TSTT, Lisa Agard and representatives from both TSTT and the ODPM. In his address, Brigadier Sandy affirmed that “the launch of this service is vital at this time because it will assist in getting critical information to first responders, disaster victims and the population as a whole more quickly.” He further added “in recognition of the atmospheric conditions and the weather patterns now being experienced, I encourage all citizens to take the necessary steps to safeguard life and property, as we invite God’s blessings for continuation of a rainy season that is gentle on the lands, structures and water ways of Trinidad and Tobago.” In her remarks, Lisa Agard affirmed that “TSTT is keenly sensitive of its social obligations and as a consequence, the launch of this service represents a deepening of our commitment to the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.” In explaining the intricacies of this simple and effective message tool, the ODPM’s Corporate Service Manager, Major Chevalier Jackson, reiterated that this service will be used to disseminate information on possible threats, impending hazardous events or any major crisis. He also underscored that citizens must not reply to the message under any circumstances. The ODPM is sure that this tool will play a pivotal role in disaster preparedness and management in Trinidad and Tobago.,Early warning and public information play an important role in disaster risk management. In light of this, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) partnered with the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) to establish an Emergency Short Message Service (ESMS) broadcasting agreement which was launched today, at the Head Office of the Ministry of National Security on Abercromby Street, Port of Spain. In attendance at this launch were the Minister of National Security, Senator the Honourable Brigadier John Sandy; Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Honourable Subhas Panday; Deputy Permanent Secretary, Desdra Bascombe; Chief Executive Officer of the ODPM, Colonel (Ret’d) George Robinson; Executive Vice President of Mobile Services and Legal of TSTT, Lisa Agard and representatives from both TSTT and the ODPM. In his address, Brigadier Sandy affirmed that “the launch of this service is vital at this time because it will assist in getting critical information to first responders, disaster victims and the population as a whole more quickly.” He further added “in recognition of the atmospheric conditions and the weather patterns now being experienced, I encourage all citizens to take the necessary steps to safeguard life and property, as we invite God’s blessings for continuation of a rainy season that is gentle on the lands, structures and water ways of Trinidad and Tobago.” In her remarks, Lisa Agard affirmed that “TSTT is keenly sensitive of its social obligations and as a consequence, the launch of this service represents a deepening of our commitment to the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.” In explaining the intricacies of this simple and effective message tool, the ODPM’s Corporate Service Manager, Major Chevalier Jackson, reiterated that this service will be used to disseminate information on possible threats, impending hazardous events or any major crisis. He also underscored that citizens must not reply to the message under any circumstances. The ODPM is sure that this tool will play a pivotal role in disaster preparedness and management in Trinidad and Tobago.