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UPDATED: How you can help (Trinidad & Tobago floods, August 2012)

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Saturday 11th August was a day for such mixed emotions in Trinidad & Tobago. Thousands were affected by heavy rains and often unprecedented flooding. Buoyed by the national team’s Olympic victories and the islands’ best ever performance at an Olympic games, we are compiling a list of ways that you can help those worst affected, and will continue to update this post as additional channels come to our attention.

Feel free to contact us on Twitter, Facebook, and in our comments section below for any we may not yet have discovered.


ODPM (Office of Disaster Preparedness & Management)

Please contact the ODPM’s Emergency Call Centre at 511 for the following:

  1. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance
  2. If you wish to lend assistance
  3. If you made a report and have already received help so that requests can be prioritised.


Specific hotlines for assistance:

  • Diego Martin Regional Corporation: (868) 387- 0260 (Digicel); (868) 473- 5398,  473- 5556, 473- 5546 (Bmobile)
  • WASA: 645-0389
  • Emergency 811: dial 811 for ambulance assistance


Community shelters:

Residents displaced due to flooding and landslides are reminded that two authorised shelters are available in the northwest, managed by the Trinidad & Tobago Red Cross and the Diego Martin Regional Corporation’s Disaster Management Unit, and secured by the Police Service and the Defence Force:

  • Central Diego Martin Community Centre, Diego Martin
  • La Seiva Community Centre, Maraval (based at the old rifle range)


They also advise that citizens be wary of persons selling basic goods and services such as food, water and cleaning services. These are available through the municipal corporations and other government agencies and are coordinated through the National Response Coordinating Function of the ODPM (which is a division of the Ministry of National Security). Those affected are also urged not to dispose of damaged furniture and appliances as they will need to be available for assessment by the Ministry of the People & Social Development and the National Commission for Self Help, and/or by insurance companies.

You can also visit their website for more information.


Trinidad & Tobago Red Cross Society (TTRCS)

Trinidad & Tobago Red Cross Society flood relief efforts

At the moment, the Red Cross is accepting donations at Republic Bank, account #180466501801. They have also partnered with Digicel Trinidad & Tobago so that you can donate to TTRCS disaster relief efforts by texting to 2671 from your Digicel phone. Each text is a donation of $10 to the TTRCS Disaster Relief Fund.

We are trying to get information about donations and volunteering with them. In the mean time, you can visit their Facebook page.


Help for Animals

  • The Animal Welfare Network (AWN) and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (TTSPCA) are asking for donations of bird seed, small animal feed, cat and dog chow to be delivered to the TTSPCA’s North Branch off Mucurapo Rd in St. James; and at 8 Leotaud St, San Fernando (off Rushworth Street, on the corner of Gooding Street, (868) 657 9172). They can be reached at (868) 622-1367, while the AWN can be reached via Vinmer Veterinary Clinic at (868) 628-2773.
  • The Wildlife Orphanage and Rehabilitation Centre (WORC): their centre, which takes in injured or orphaned wild animals and rehabilitates them before sending them back into the wild, was flooded over the weekend. You can donate to RBC account #9011011005 at any RBC Branch.


Project Umbrella

Project Umbrella flood relief efforts Trinidad

Share Goodness and The Namaste Foundation have launched Project Umbrella, a food and supply drive in aid of the victims.

  • Food (non-perishable)
  • Bottled Water
  • Clothes (adult & children – clean, no holes, no stains and ready to wear)
  • Bed & bath (mattresses, pillows, sheets, towels)
  • Cleaning supplies (mops, buckets, chlorine based bleach, gloves, masks)
  • Personal hygiene products (toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo, conditioner)


Items can be dropped off at the following locations nationwide, with additional ones coming soon:

  • Bikini Cabana: Alexandra Court 4A, Alexandra Street, St. Clair
  • Cross Crossing Medical Centre: Olivier Avenue, Coconut Drive, Cross Crossing, San Fernando (behind Halliburton)
  • Enbar/Barade Enterprises: Lp# 139 Munroe Rd Cunupia (contact Kevin, 682-0737)
  • Fair and Square, Chaguanas
  • Ojoe’s: 193B Eastern Main Road, Sangre Grande (obliquely opposite KFC on the Main Road)
  • Qualitech Machining Services Limited: Amazon Drive, Point Lisas Industrial Estate
  • Signature Selection: Lot 35B Tissue Drive, New Trincity Industrial Estate, Trincity

Email them at or for more information.


Gayap & Well-wishers Project

Gayap flood relief efforts Trinidad

Gayap has set up shop at Studio W (103 Tragarete Road, Port of Spain, between Island People & Indulge Clothing – a brown building with an Orange W on the wall), and has been coordinating food drives for flood victims.

They are particularly seeking donations of cooked food for immediate relief. Donations from restaurants and fast food outlets can be particularly helpful.

Additionally, they are asking for volunteers and donated items; whatever you can do will go a long way.

Items being accepted:

  • Bread, Crix
  • Tuna, vienna sausages, sardines and other canned meats
  • Peanut butter, jam/jelly and other spreads
  • Bottles of drinking water
  • Sandwich sized ziplock bags
  • Wash rags, towels, hand towels
  • Toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitiser, soap, sanitary napkins/tampons, and other toiletries
  • Candles & matches
  • Batteries & flash lights
  • Children’s clothes (girls and boys)
  • Diapers & baby wipes
  • Sealed baby food
  • Bedding (mattresses, pillows, sheets, etc)
  • First aid supplies (kits, plasters, rubbing alchohol, cotton swabs, pain killers, etc)
  • Health shakes (Ensure, Supligen
  • Garbage bags, grocery-sized plastic bags, boxes & other cleaning/storage supplies
  • Any other non-perishables or toiletries you can think of


For more information, visit their new Facebook page for news and updates, and call the following numbers for delivery/drop off instructions:

  • Northwest peninsula: (868) 721-7292; 306-3547; 627-0846; 325-7177; or BB pin 25DA2CDE
  • Point Fortin area: (868) 398-6410 (Urma Ford: she will need help and volunteers and food)
  • Siparia area: (868) 649-3473 or 725-5550 (Donna Woods)


AGAPE Flood Relief 2012 Food & Clothing Drive

ITNAC (Is There Not A Cause), Pro C Vane, Progressive Youths, and Motivated Youths are collecting supplies and welcoming volunteers. They are also helping with clean-up and distribution efforts, focusing on Pt. Fortin.


The following items are being collected:

  • School supplies
  • Cleaning supplies (blech, mops, buckets, etc)
  • Non-perishable food supplies  bottled water
  • Toiletries (including those specifically for women and babies)


If you would like to get even more involved please contact their respective teams as follows:

  • ITNAC: (868) 624-4162, 394-2042 (located on Charlotte Street, upstairs Hosein’s Roti)
  • Progressive Youths: (868) 333-2856
  • Motivated Youths: (868) 295-2052
  • Pro C Vane: (868) 349-9245
  • AgapeBuilding (the main Pt. Fortin drop-off point on the Main Road). They also recommend checking local Pt. Fortin supermarkets and the CLC Store for drop-off boxes


Revised Wednesday 15 August, 2:03PM


Caroline Taylor

Caroline is an editor and staff writer at MEP. She is also on MEP’s board of directors, and moonlights as an actor, singer, and director. She’s passionate about telling stories – on the page, on the stage, on screen – and in particular about documenting Caribbean lives and events. She’s currently trying to master unplugging from her iLife… For more: Author posts

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