Friday, 24 February 2017 13:30

The ODPM Encourages Citizens To Practice Carpooling For The Week Of Carnival 2017

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The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) along with other supporting agencies continue to prepare the nation for any disaster that the country may face in the future. In anticipation of multiple activities for carnival mass crowd events the ODPM urges all citizens to continue their efforts of preparedness and readiness for any possible emergency situation.

Citizens are reminded to practice the following carpooling tips:

• Get acquainted first.
Make sure you are well acquainted with persons with whom you are carpooling. In this way you are likely to be more confident about someone else’s driving.

• Determine your route and schedule prior to the event.
Establish the morning and afternoon pick-up points and times, keeping in mind which is the safest route.

• Establish policies.
Smoking or non-smoking, music volume, eating, and drinking. This allows for a better chance of carpool success if these issues are discussed in advance.

• Establish a schedule for driving responsibilities.
If it is decided to alternate driving responsibilities, decide among yourselves who will accept the responsibility of being a substitute designated driver. This entails no consumption of alcohol.

• Establish a method of reimbursing driving expenses.
Decide beforehand if everyone pitches in for gas or any other costs the trip may entail.

• Remember to be punctual and courteous.
Agree on wait times if someone is late.

• Establish a chain of communication.
There should be a back- up plan for persons to get to their destination if a driver is ill or is unable to make it on the day. Communicate as soon as possible when plans change either by the driver or passengers.

• Drive carefully and keep the vehicle in good repair.
Your vehicle should be clean and safe when you are transporting others. Passengers should be mindful and respect the owner’s vehicle.

• Pre-plan what you are going to do if someone becomes sick or drunk.
It may be wise to have emergency contact numbers and a First Aid kit handy.

• If you lose a member of the carpool, contact the police station closest to you immediately.
This information can be found on the ODPM’s ‘Disaster Ready’ App which is easily downloadable to IOS and android platforms.

Citizens are reminded to please contact our Customer Care Call Centre at 511 and check the ODPM’s website www.odpm.gov.tt and social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for additional safety tips and preparedness measures for a disaster.

- Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM)

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