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HFA National Reports

National Report 2007: Unreported

National Report 2006: Unreported

National Report 2005: Unreported

National Report 2004: Unreported

National Report 2003: Unreported

National Platform


HFA National Focal Point

Office for Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM)

Address: 4A Orange Grove Road, Trincity, Tacarigua, Trinidad

Phone: +(868) 640-8905/1285/8653/6493

Fax: +(868) 640-8988


Contact Person:

Paul H. Saunders, Chief Executive Officer

4a Orange Grove Road, Trincity, Trinidad

Phone:+1(868) 640-1285

Fax:+1(868) 640-8165


Other contacts

Permanent Mission of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations in Geneva


His Excellency Mr. Dennis Francis

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Permanent Representative

Address: Rue de Vermont 37-39, 1211 Geneva 20

Tel: +(41-22) 918-0380, Fax: +(41-22) 734-9138



UN System Coordination

UNDG: UNCT Trinidad and Tobago

UN Resident Coordinator

Dr. Marcia de Castro

UN Resident Coordinator / UNDP Resident Representative

Tel: 868-6259950, Fax: 868-6231658


UN Inter-Agency Support

Mrs. Joy Brathwaite, Coordination Support


Mrs. Rose Aquing Gomes, Coordination Support


UN Country Team

Dr. Marcia de Castro: Resident Coordinator, UNDP System

Mr. Philip Cross: Representative, ITU

Dr. Karen Sealey: Director, UNAIDS

Mr. Kwame Boafo: Representative, UNESCO

Mr. Harold Robinson: Country Director, UNFPA

Ms. Angelica Hunt: Director, UNIC

Mr. Johannes Wedenig: Representative, UNICEF

Ms. Roberta Clarke: Regional Programme Director, UNIFEM

Ms. Loretta Charlemagne: Chief Technical Adviser, UPU

Mr. Neil Pierre: Director, Sub-Regional Office, ECLAC

Mrs. Florita Kentish: Representative, FAO

Dr. Ana-Teresa Romero: Director, ILO

Dr. Carol Boyd-Scobie: Representative-TT, PAHO/ WHO

Mr. Edo Stork: Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP

Updated: 6 May, 2008; UNDG: UN Country Team


Address: 19 Keate Street - P.O. Box 812 (PNY), Port-of-Spain

Tel: (001) (868) 623-7056/7/9 Ext 236, Fax: (001) (868) 623-1658




National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)

Myron Chin, Interim Director

4A Orange Grove Road, Trincity, Tacarigua, Trinidad and Tobago

Tel: (868) 640-1285/8905/8653/6493, Fax: (868) 640-8988


Association of Caribbean States

Special Committee On Natural Disasters

11-13 Victoria Avenue Port Of Spain, TRINIDAD, West Indies

Tel: (1-868) 623 2783, fax: (1-868) 623 2679



CDERA Member

Lt. Col. Dave L. Williams, Director

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)

17-19 Abercromby Street, NBS Radio 610 Building (Ground Floor), Port of Spain, Trinidad

Tel: (868) 623-2078/1943/8004, Fax: (868) 625-8926


Country profile

Name: Trinidad and Tobago

Capital: Port-of-Spain

Independence Day: 31 August 1962 (from UK)

Population total: 1,056,608 (July 2007 est.)

Area: 5,128 sq km

Density: 212 inhab/ sq Km

Religions: Roman Catholic 26%, Hindu 22.5%, Anglican 7.8%, Baptist 7.2%, Pentecostal 6.8%, Seventh Day Adventist 4%, other Christian 5.8%, Muslim 5.8%, other 10.8%.

Language: English (official), Hindi, French, Spanish, Chinese.

Ethnics Group: Indian (South Asian) 40%, African 37.5%, mixed 20.5%, other 1.2%, unspecified 0.8%.

Government: Parliamentary democracy

Currency: Trinidad and Tobago Dollar

IDH Position : 57°

Climate: Tropical; rainy season (June to December)

The twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago is located in the extreme south of the Caribbean. Due to its location, there is relatively little risk from hurricanes compared to the other Caribbean islands to the north. Tobago had only experienced two hurricanes since 1963, and Tobago had never been seriously affected. In September 2004, however, hurricane Ivan caused widespread damage. Populations in the low-lying coastal areas of Tobago had to be evacuated to shelters.

Other hazards facing the islands are tropical storms and the associated heavy rainfalls which result in flooding and landslides. In November 2004, two people were killed and five were wounded in a landslide after six hours of heavy rain. The clearing and burning of hillsides has shown an increase in soil erosion, floodings and landslides. Furthermore, the islands are prone to occasional earthquakes. The most recent ones occurred in Tobago in 1997, causing extensive damage, in Trinidad in October 2000 (measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale) and in Tobago in December 2004 (measuring between 5.0 and 5.4 on the Richter scale). Also, both islands are at risk of droughts.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), operating under the aegis of the Ministry of National Security, plays the most important role in the national disaster management system. It was established in 1988 and its primary function is planning and coordination, working with the established services to facilitate a coherent disaster management approach. The first responders to emergencies therefore remain the police, firefighters and emergency health services. Only when the mandates of these agencies are exceeded due to the scope of the event, NEMA’s Task Force is activated. This then represents all organizations in the field of search and rescue, health, telecommunications, traffic control and general logistics, among others.

NEMA is furthermore involved in the monitoring of hazard mitigation programmes, undertaking training and simulation exercises, disseminating public information and producing vulnerability assessments.

The national disaster management system is undergoing a process of restructuring. NEMA will soon be replaced by a new body which will be known as the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM).


HFA P1 - Institutional and legal framework

HFA P2 - Risk identification and EWS:

HFA P3 - Knowledge and education:

HFA P4 - Risk applications:

HFA P5 - Preparedness and response:

Other Areas:

Other Documents


Web Links

Emergency preparedness information for the public

National Policy on the Incident Management System, 2004

Search and Rescue Plan, 2004

MDG Profile: Trinidad and Tobago

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