Trinidad Express / The Asian Development Bank (ADB) defines institutional development as “the creation or reinforcement of a network of organisations to generate, allocate and use human, material and financial resources effectively to attain specific objectives on a consistent basis”. It is therefore fair to say that T&T has created enough institutions to prepare us for disasters and therefore the critical element is now a matter of reinforcement and strengthening.
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Services (Met Office), the regional corporations and other lines of national defence are established institutions. The proper coordination of these agencies will determine how well we are able to respond to the needs of citizens in situations caused by nature.
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